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Eurasian watermilfoil found in Lake Florida

SPICER - Eurasian watermilfoil has been discovered growing in Lake Florida, five miles west of Spicer, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Thursday.

This the third, major recreational lake in Kandiyohi County to be infested with the invasive plant. Eurasian watermilfoil was discovered in Green Lake in August 2000, and later, in West Norway Lake.

West Norway, Norway, Games, Andrew and Florida Lakes are part of the same, Shakopee Creek watershed. It's possible the Eurasian watermilfoil found in Lake Florida moved dowstream from West Norway to Lake Florida, but it could also have been inadvertently carried to the lake on a boat or trailer, according to Chip Welling, DNR Eurasian watermilfoil coordinator.

The nonnative, invasive aquatic plant was discovered near a public water access in Lake Floria by a local angler, who reported it to the DNR. The discovery was verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.

The DNR will conduct further surveys soon to determine the distribution of the Eurasian watermilfoil in Lake Florida. Also, the DNR will work with local groups and citizens on management of the invasive plant.