The two major invasive plant species in the Clinton area are Eurasian Water Milfoil and Bitter Naiad. Although they have yet to cause damage to the Mississippi, they are starting to become a nuisance in the local lakes.
“With the fluctuation of water levels, we haven’t seen too much in the river, but the stable water in lakes is where we see the trouble areas,” said Griffin.
The best method to prevent the transport of these invasive aquatic species, Griffin said, is to follow the clean, drain, and dry guidelines.
“The more people ignore the removal, the harder it is to get off and the use of chemicals becomes necessary,” said Griffin,”we don’t like using chemicals, so just clean (the plants) off and throw them to the side of the boat ramp.”
Bogenshutz added that people should allow at least five days for the boat to dry in the sun but if pressed for time, boaters can use high pressure, hot water to rinse everything off.