Eurasian Watermilfoil ( Myriophyllum spicatum )
Eurasian Watermilfoil is an aggressive submerged aquatic plant native to Europe, Asia and North Africa that has become one of the most widely distributed non-native aquatic plant species in North America. For detailed information you can go to Invading Species.com.
There are several methods of controlling this plant, however, one that has been finding success and has no negative impacts involves using a little bug which is native to our Ontario waters – the Milfoil Weevil.
Below is an excellent interview which explains the program.
Stephen Butcher, Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance (GSWA), was interviewed on May 6, 2011, on Morning North, CBC Radio, in Sudbury. This is an excellent interview and talks about a Milfoil Abatement Program, using a native species of weevils, which was approved by Sudbury City Council to begin this summer. Enviro Science will begin the program this year.
Click on “listen” for an excellent brief explanation of this project at the Morning North website.