New publications, fact sheets help stakeholders manage excess aquatic vegetation

The University of ArkansasCooperative Extension Service developed fact sheets and publications that provide easily referenced, research-based information that address specific areas of aquatic vegetation control for the state’s estimated 300,000 ponds and lakes.The combination of sunlight, water and nutrients guarantees these water bodies will experience aquatic plant growth. If the growth is excessive, the vegetation needs to be controlled so that the pond can keep being used as intended.While herbicides are an important methodto control aquatic plants, they are not the only tool pond managers have available. Mistakes in herbicide selection, application, timing, and failure to use all the control methods available can lead to wasted money and the loss of a pond, lake or reservoir for its intended purpose.As a result of consultations and the distribution of Extension publications and fact sheets with stakeholders, thousands of dollars have been saved because Arkansansdidn’twaste time and money applying the incorrect herbicide, or improperly applying the correct herbicide. By fostering a year-long control plan approach, stakeholders used less total herbicide and they maintained the unhindered use of the water body.Link to full statement on website: