Aquatic Weed Benefits

Aquatic vegetation may appear to be a nuisance to some users of lakes, but in reality, they are extremely important to the lake’s maintenance and stability.

Plants act as a soil stabilizer with various species of plants appearing in different types of sediments. They help trap sediment from erosion and cause these particles to settle out of the water near shore. Plants found in shallow water protect shores from erosion due to wave action.

Aquatic plants provide nesting materials and sites for various species of birds and fish. Weed beds are very important nursery areas for young game fish. Camouflage and protection are also important benefits of aquatic vegetation.

Most important to the lake ecosystem is the diverse food source they provide. Submerged plant leaves and stems provide an ideal surface for the growth of microscopic attached plants, called periphyton. These small plants are grazed by small crustaceans and insects which in turn are an important food source for fish.

Plants are an essential part of a lake’s stability: binding soils, breaking waves, providing food and shelter for fish and foul, and in helping the control of algae.

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