Shifting Plants in Wisconsin Lakes

Stanley A. Nichols

in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI:
Shifting Plants in Wisconsin Lakes

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This chapter examines changes in aquatic communities. Key threats to lake plant communities include shoreline development, heavy boat traffic, nutrient runoff, and consequent lake eutrophication and turbidity. Many invasive species capitalize on these conditions, forcing more elaborate efforts to control the excessive growth of invasive lake plants and algae. Lake plant communities also sometimes surprise scientists, as when a previously degraded community recovers beyond what we might expect.

Keywords: aquatic communities; aquatic plants; shoreline development; boat traffic; nutrient runoff; lake eutrophication; invasive species

Chapter.  5231 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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