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The Problems with Water Milfoil in Florida

Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum) is a water-loving plant, found around the world in different forms. The most common ones in North America are our native Northern Milfoil and invasive Eurasian Milfoils that have 12-21 pairs of leaflets per leaf compared to 7-11 for the Nothern variant. Water milfoils can quickly become an issue because it spreads rapidly forming mats on surface waters which then interfere with activities like boating, fishing or swimming; stagnant pools also create a good habitat for mosquitoes. Milfoil mats can create a stagnant environment that robs oxygen from the water and traps sediments, making lakes less attractive for recreational activities. The extensive growth of milfoil on any given lake will change aquatic ecosystems in the surrounding area as well as reduce property values around it.

Where is Eurasian Milfoil Found in Florida?

Eurasian milfoil is an invasive aquatic plant. It can take over large areas of water and form mats on the surface, choking out other vegetation in freshwater ponds, lakes, slow-moving streams, estuaries, canals, or reservoirs. Milfoil has been found to be tolerant of many kinds of pollutants that would kill native plants because it lives off decaying matter - not from photosynthesis like most plants do.

How to Identify Eurasian Water Milfoil

Reddish-brown plant stem that thickens beneath the water and floats on the water surface
3-5 feathery leaves arranged in circles off of the stem
Each leaf contains 12-21 leaflet pairs that look like hairs
Forms dense mats at water’s surface

Eurasian Water Milfoil Spreads Rapidly Through Fragmentation

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Milfoil has a low success rate when it comes to germinating seeds, so it relies on fragmentation instead. Once the plant flowers in the summertime and produces shoots that are carried away by currents or boaters, new plants form quickly since they can grow from even tiny pieces of themselves.

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Miles of thick, green water-weeds that choke out sunlight and oxygen for native plants? We’ve got a serious problem on our hands! This invasive plant can inhibit movement among predator vs prey fish populations; it also clogs up waterways with dense groups. These infestations have been known to render some lakes unsuitable for boating or fishing activities altogether.

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Chemicals are often used to control milfoil growth, but as the weed dies and sinks to the bottom of lakes, it creates a huge oxygen demand which can lead to fish kills or anoxic conditions at the lake's bottom. This dead plant material leads to more organic sediment and nutrient availability- either giving way for future aquatic weeds or even worse: toxic cyanobacteria!

What Environmental Waterway Restoration Does for Water Milfoil Control

Installing an EWR Inversion Oxygenation system will not only increase and stabilize the water's oxygen levels but also reduce nutrients safely. And without reducing the source, NUTRIENTS, milfoil can be an ongoing concern - which is why this strategy is such a great long-term solution to control it naturally. In addition to controlling milfoil growth by decreasing its food supply (nutrients), more benefits include improved swimming conditions as well as boating safety; cleaner water quality with less organic sediments that may cause skin irritations when you swim or boat through them; healthier fish populations because of decreased algae blooms from nutrient reduction leading to higher dissolved oxygen concentrations for fish respiration and health as well as increased property values due to better recreation opportunities. Breathe life into your waterbody with EWR Inversion Oxygenation.
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EWR is a family-owned Florida based company that has been providing quality solutions for water environments since they were founded.

EWR is a family-owned Florida based company that has been providing quality solutions for water environments since they were founded.
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