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06-17-2004, 03:22 PM
From: Teri Graf, tgraf@tomarket.net
Date: 06/01/01
Time: 04:26 PM

We have a seasonal creek that runs into a small pond (50x30yd) near Groveland that had been invading and being slowly choked by American Pond Weed. The UC Ext. Ag Advisor is saying use some herbicides. Does anyone have experience and suggestions on alternate methods of ridding the pond of this invader? A number of herbicides were listed, but none recommended... Any help will be appreciated. Teri

06-17-2004, 03:22 PM
From: ben cunningham-summerfield brftcrtn@sierratel.com
Date: 06/04/01
Time: 12:04 PM

Check with Jennie Haas at the Groveland Forest Service Office. She is a CNPS member and botanist. Ben

06-17-2004, 03:23 PM
From: Lori Hubbart lorih@mcn.org
Date: 06/26/01
Time: 08:58 AM

Teri -

No, I wouldn't recommend using herbicides in or near a stream or wetland! There are just too many life forms that can be harmed. With the loss of so many amphibians, worldwide, it's just not a good idea.

I'm not sure what American pondweed is, though. Could you provide a scientific name for it? The first thing to do is find out if it is native to your area. Often, aquatic weeds (like Arundo grass) need to be pulled out by hand. Invite a bunch of people to help and fix them a sumptuous dinner!

Even if you could get it pulled out, re-infection from nearby properties could be a problem. Maybe someone can provide more help if we get the identification of the plant.

...Lori Hubbart