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Invasive starry stonewort reported in 6 SE Wisconsin lakes

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources says starry stonewort has been reported in six bodies of water in southeastern Wisconsin.

Last fall, the invasive pest was discovered in a small section of Little Muskego Lake.
Since that time, the DNR said Friday that the agency and its partners have confirmed its presence in Big Muskego Lake and adjoining Bass Bay in Waukesha County, Long Lake in Racine County, and Silver and Pike Lake in Washington County.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1F74Ei8 ) reports Pike Lake is the latest find.
The algae grows in dense plots, blocks out light needed by native plants and muscles out native plants.

Starry stonewort is usually spread by boats. The DNR reminds boaters to clean boats of all vegetation before moving from one lake to another.

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