region-news
Flash is not supported on this device. If you wish to listen to this audio, you must download and play an mp3 using an mp3 player on your device. CLICK HERE

Press the play button to hear the latest news from THE REGION.


Region-News-Team-Black-Logo

Invasive Aquarium, Water Garden Plants Banned

Share this post

As of this past Friday [Aug 31] , it became illegal to sell 28 aquatic plants considered invasive in Indiana. The new rule recently approved by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, also makes offering such plants for gift, barter, exchange or distribution illegal.  The Indiana DNR says many have been used in aquariums or water gardens for years, including flowering rush, Brazilian elodea (Anacharis), yellow flag iris, parrot feather and yellow floating heart.  Management or eradication of species already in Indiana waters easily exceeds $1 million annually. Aquarium and water garden hobbyists can help slow the spread of such species by purchasing non-invasive or native plants.
Here is the full news release:
It will be illegal to sell 28 invasive aquatic plants in Indiana, effective Aug. 31.

The new rule, which was recently approved by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, also makes offering such plants for gift, barter, exchange or distribution illegal.

The purpose of this rule is to help prevent the introduction and distribution of aquatic invasive plants into Indiana waters and wetlands.

The spread of invasive aquatic plants reduces boating, fishing and other aquatic recreation opportunities. Such plants also negatively impact native aquatic plants and reduce property values around lakes and ponds.

A list of the prohibited plants and the exact language of the rule is at http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/20120411-IR-312120050PRA.xml.pdf.

Many of these invasive plants have been used in aquariums or water gardens for years. Some are already widely established. The most popular of such plants currently sold include flowering rush, Brazilian elodea (Anacharis), yellow flag iris, parrot feather and yellow floating heart.

Management or eradication of species already in Indiana waters easily exceeds $1 million annually when Department of Natural Resources and lake association costs are combined.

Aquarium and water garden hobbyists can help slow the spread of such species by purchasing non-invasive or native plants. Boaters can remove plants, mud and other debris from their watercraft when they remove them from the water.

The new rule will be administered by the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology in cooperation with the Division of Fish & Wildlife. For information call Eric Fischer, DNR aquatic invasive species coordinator, (317) 234-3883.
###


Meet-The-Team

Laura-WAKE Scott-WAKE Brent-WAKE
LAURA WALUSZKO
Region News Team
SCOTT ROSENBERG
Region News Team
BRENT BROWN
Region News Team
Jay-WAKE Karl-WAKE Annie-WAKE
JAY STEVENS
Region News Team
KARL BERNER
Region News Team
ANNIE FOX
Region News Team

Recent-Newscast

Flash is not supported on this device. If you wish to listen to this audio, you must download and play an mp3 using an mp3 player on your device. CLICK HERE