DNR confirms new invasive algae found in Wisconsin

MADISON — The state Department of Natural Resources says it has confirmed a new invasive algae was present in a southeastern Wisconsin lake.

The DNR says starry stonewort was found during routine monitoring in Little Muskego Lake in Waukesha County in late September, marking the first time the European algae has turned up in Wisconsin. The algae was first detected in the Great Lakes in 1983.

The agency is working with the Little Muskego Lake Management District, the city of Muskego and the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to come up with a response.

The group believes dedicating a plant harvester to the algae’s location will contain it to that section of the lake. The team also has planned education and monitoring efforts to prevent the algae from spreading.

 

Photo: A leaf lies trapped atop thick green algae Thursday at the Wrightstown Boat Launch. A leaf lies trapped in thick green algae at the Wrightstown Boat Launch county park Thursday, August 23, 2012. Similiar blooms have been found all over the state this summer.
(Photo: Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette)

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