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Duckweed!

Duckweed took over Schwan Lake in September. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

Duckweed took over Schwan Lake in late September.
Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

One Way to Go Green …

Walking by Schwan Lake (at Twin Lakes State Park) any morning in the last week, it was hard to miss the green coating over the entire lagoon. At first, we took it for an algae bloom, but on closer inspection (and with the expertise of State Parks Resource Ecologist, Chris Spohrer) we discovered it’s actually duckweed - which is a native aquatic plant.

Duckweed reponds to nutrient sources, which in this case, could prove to be man-made. Duckweed is not toxic and  is even noted in wikipedia to be high in protein.

A potential problem for native wildlife in Schwan Lake does exist – should the weed continue to blanket the surface and cut off the supply of oxygen to the water below.

KUSP will follow up on the story as it develops.

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