Eurasian watermilfoil, aquatic nuisance species, Iowa Eurasian Watermilfoil Program, Myriophyllum spicatum
Following a concerted effort by citizens of the Iowa Great Lakes area to address the threat posed by Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum L.) to waterbodies in Iowa, the Iowa Eurasian Watermilfoil Law was passed in 1996 by the Iowa legislature. Passage of this law led to the establishment of the Eurasian Watermilfoil Program in July 1996 to address the requirements specified by this legislation. Since establishment of the Eurasian Watermilfoil Program, numerous activities have been carried out to address the threat posed to aquatic ecosystems by Eurasian watermilfoil. These include public awareness and education, boat access monitoring, aquatic vegetation monitoring, management, and enforcement activities. While considerable progress has been made in addressing the problems created by Eurasian watermilfoil, numerous challenges still remain for the Eurasian Watermilfoil Program. These include a permanent funding mechanism, development of enforceable regulations, the need for continued lake monitoring activities, the updating of the state management plan as new research data becomes available, and the need to broaden the scope of the Eurasian Watermilfoil Program to address all aquatic nuisance species.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 2001 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Phillips, Gary S.
"History and Development of the Eurasian Watermilfoil Program in Iowa,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 108:
, Article 13.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol108/iss4/13