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Conservation District looking at spread of invasive weed



INSIDIOUS WEED: The Eurasian Watermilfoil is threatening large areas of the state.

In May of 2014, Eastern Klickitat Conservation District obtained a grant from the Department of Ecology to develop an Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan (IAVMP) to address the presence of Eurasian Watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic weed, located in the pool at the mouth of Rock Creek.

Eurasian Watermilfoil forms dense mats on the surface of the water which alter water temperatures, pH and oxygen levels, and interfere with recreational activities such as boating and fishing. It also provides habitat for predatory fish, mainly bass, which feed on migrating salmonids.

A preliminary aquatic weed survey was conducted in 2013 with Jenifer Parsons, Aquatic Weed Specialist with the De...

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