Nikiski First in Eliminating Elodea

first_imgDr. Morton: “So in spring of 2014, pre-treatment, 70% of the sites in Beck had Elodea, 22% of the sites in Daniels had Elodea and 50% in Stormy… By May of this spring, we were at zero, zero, and twenty, and by this fall we’re at zero, zero, and zero, which is great.”The agencies will continue to monitor the three lakes north of Kenai through 2016 for Elodea resurgence as well as testing for floridone in the water columns. The invasive weed was found on the Kenai Peninsula in 2012 and encouraging test results were unveiled during last week’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting by Supervisory Biologist Dr. John Morton from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge… Floridone was chosen as the main herbicide to treat the affected lakes: Stormy, Beck, and Daniels. The chemical interferes with plants abilities to absorb sunlight, but Morton says it has no significant affect on humans. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Nikiski is one of the first areas in Alaska to have cleared lakes which were previously infested with elodea. Earlier this year the Kenai Peninsula Borough was able to contribute some of the leftover herbicide treatments to eradicating Anchorage’s Lake Hood, as a way to prevent reintroduction to peninsula lakes.last_img