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Some nonnative fish that are released into lakes and rivers thrive in Florida; alter ecosystem

RUSKIN, Fla. — Nonnative fish eat away at the banks of rivers and lakes – one reason University of Florida researchers caution people not to release unwanted fish. People sometimes put fish from their aquariums into nearby waterways…. Read More

UF/IFAS plants flora to try to reduce pollutants going into lakes, rivers

BRADENTON, Fla. — Now, in the middle of summer, when those afternoon or evening rains come, stormwater from lawns, driveways and roofs drains down to any of the 76,000 stormwater ponds scattered around Florida. As stormwater flows into… Read More

Illinois pondweed: A native aquatic plant we love to hate

Illinois pondweed (Potmagoeton illinoensis) is a Florida native aquatic plant that provides valuable aquatic habitat and forage for wildlife. Additionally, pondweed can act as a pioneer species in recovering lake ecosystems, increasing dissolved oxygen levels and helping anchor… Read More

Lakewatch in Polk County: A Volunteer Water Program that needs YOUR help!

Polk County and Florida LAKEWATCH are looking for volunteers for 22 Polk County Lakes! Lakewatch is a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program that facilitates “hands-on” citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes, rivers and coastal sites through… Read More