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Title: Inventory and assessment of aquatic plant management methodologies
Authors: Aquatic Plant Control Research Program (U.S.)
Dardeau, Elba A.
Hogg, Elizabeth A.
Keywords: Aquatic plant control
Management methods
Operations research
Environmental management
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Native and exotic aquatic plants that adversely impact the major uses of the Nation's water resources are referred to as problem species. Operations personnel in Corps of Engineers (CE) Districts are responsible for managing the unchecked growth of these problem plants. Because the public has placed increased pressure on the CE to control problem species, these Districts need documentation of suitable management methods to develop and implement their own programs. This report documents and assesses available methodologies based on an inventory of current (since 1970) literature and a telephone survey of 14 CE Districts with active or recently active aquatic plant management programs. Although both surveys addressed all five elements of a successful aquatic plant management program (i.e., monitoring, reporting, treatment, public awareness, and training), considerably more information was found on treatment than on any of the other management elements. Both surveys yielded some information on monitoring methodologies but very little information on reporting, public awareness, or training. Although some of the aquatic plant management methodologies discussed in this report, especially in the area of monitoring (e.g., biomass sampling techniques), are only secondarily oriented to District operations programs, most have direct applicability to current District needs. These are, however, intermediate products of the research and development of "off-the-shelf" field methodologies. This report also contains a listing of important problem aquatic plant species (Appendix A), and the questions and responses of the 14 CE Districts surveyed by telephone (Appendix B). NOTE: This file is large. Allow your browser several minutes to download the file.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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