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Rooted aquatic plants are a natural part of the lake ecosystem and comprise a critical component of a healthy lake. They stabilize shorelines, oxygenate water, provide cover and spawning areas for fish, and provide habitat for aquatic invertebrates that are critical for juvenile fish growth.

Although plants are an important part of a lake's ecosystem, it's important to control their growth to assure a healthy, aesthetic environment. This NebGuide offers ideas for controlling plant growth.