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Texas Waters Plagued by Invasive Plants

The discovery last month of giant salvinia in the waters of Lake Fork, the state's famous largemouth bass fishery, has highlighted the growing problem of invasive non-native plants taking hold in the state's freshwater ecosystems.

Lilly pads in Stamford Lake, near Paint Creek, which was dug as a reservoir in the 1950s.

The discovery last month of giant salvinia in the waters of Lake Fork, the state's famous largemouth bass fishery, has highlighted the growing problem of invasive non-native plants taking hold in the state's freshwater ecosystems. The plants are spread by careless anglers, boaters and waterfowl hunters who allow the plants in an infected area to hitch a ride on their boats and trailers and then take root in new waters. (Houston Chronicle)

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