Identification first step in managing pond plants
Pond plants are necessary for healthy fish populations and good water quality, but, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, those plans can become a nuisance and cause frustration to pond users.
In trying to make pond access easier, the trick is to reduce plant abundance without getting rid of them altogether, said DNR officials.
Correctly identifying the plants is the first step to controlling their abundance. To help, the DNR has posted a Pond Plant Identification Guide on its website at www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/AboutFishinginIowa/IowaFarmPonds/FarmPondPlants.aspx.
The interactive, visual guide identifies 26 most common aquatic plant species in Iowa ponds and lakes.