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The Township is continuing their efforts to educate users of and property owners around Ford Lake about the invasive species. Get involved, help control the spread of these invasive species.

Stop Aquatic HitchhikersSome Invasive species like zebra muscles can hitch a ride on your boat from waterway to waterway. Take time to clean your boat before going to another waterway.

Invasive Species




Purple Loosestrife

  • Loosestrife Image 2Loosestrife Image 1Perennial herb with a woody, square stem covered in downy hair
  • Height varies from 4-10 feet
  • Leaves are arranged in pairs or whorls
  • Magenta flower spikes with 5-7 petals per flower are present for most of the summer

Habitat: Purple loosestrife thrives along roadsides and in wetlands. While seeds can germinate in water, establishment is much more successful in moist substrate that’s not flooded. It prefers full sun, but can tolerate shade.

Learn more about Purple Loosestrife

Michigan Sea Grant

Photos from plants.usda.gov



Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum)

  • Eurasian WatermilfoilHabit Submergent aquatic perennial, commonly ranges from 1-3 meters (3-10 feet) in length but may reach 4 meters (33 feet), forms dense mats.

Eurasian milfoil begins to photosynthesize and grow prolifically in early spring, allowing it to dominate an area and limit light available to other aquatic life.

Photos from MISIN: Eurasian Watermilfoil


Additional Resources

MISIN: Midwest Invasive Species Information Network



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