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Runaway aquatic plants problematic on lakes

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Boaters, anglers and shoreline property owners on Lake Winnebago are dealing with a new problem: runaway aquatic plants.

State Department of Natural Resources officials say usually algae blocks sunlight and stunts aquatic plants' growth. This year the lake has been exceptionally clear and more sunlight has produced a bumper crop of plants. They attribute the clearness to a combination of factors, including better farm runoff management.

They say the booming plant life helps panfish, but drifting plants have caused problems around dams near Neenah and Menasha as well as for Appleton-area utilities and industrial water users.

They say people can remove dislodged plants that accumulate along shorelines. Property owners can remove rooted plants along a limited portion of shoreline if it improves access to piers and boat lifts.

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