CSLAP Aquatic Plant Survey
Understanding what plants are in your lake can be helpful to understand the health of your lake. In some lakes, the type and abundance of plants can support healthy fisheries, protect the lake bottom from waves, and support interesting benthic animals. It's also important to know if you have an invasive plant in your lake. The earlier an invasive species is found, the more likely that an effective control approach can be implemented. Also, knowing where invasive plants are found can help limit their spread.
The Plant Sampling Protocol describes how to sample the plants in your lake. This approach discusses how to get a sense of the density and community of plants in your lake.
If you do not have time to do the full plant sampling protocol, you can also sample for the presence or absence of specific plants. Instructions on how to do this simple shoreline search can be found in this AIS Shoreline Plant Protocol.
In either case, if you notice a strange or unusual plant in your lake, you don't have to do a complete survey. Email a photo of the plant to Scott Kishbaugh at email@example.com and he will let you know if further investigation is warranted.