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Invasive Water Plant Discovered In Maine Lake

Just weeks after the discovery of Eurasian water milfoil in Cobbosseecontee Lake, another state-prohibited invasive aquatic plant has also been found there.

State environmental officials say Frogbit is native to Europe and northern Asia and is a popular water garden and aquarium plant.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection biologist John McPhedran says the latest Cobbossee find is the first known growth of this plant in Maine. He says Frogbit is a free floating plant that grows best in slow-moving water in protected coves.

“This plant can grow quite densely, and it has small runner called stolons that interconnect and intertwine, and they can create some pretty dense mats that would shade out native plants that would be living there,” says McPhedran.

McPhedran says it looks like the plant can be removed from the lake. However, he says real control will take years, not days or months.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.