TRIPOLI - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting to discuss a plan for combating brittle naiad in Sweet Marsh Wildlife Management Area. The public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 31, at the Tripoli Community Center, in Tripoli.
Brittle naiad is an invasive aquatic plant that was first discovered during plant surveys completed on Martens Lake during 2010, and poses a serious threat to native fish, plants and wildlife in Sweet Marsh. Based on experience at other Iowa lakes, if immediate action is not taken, brittle naiad will make it difficult to boat and fish in Martens Lake.
The DNR will present a plan that includes a combination of herbicide application, temporary water-level drawdown and beneficial plant management that is designed to suppress brittle naiad and Eurasian watermilfoil while providing benefits to fish and wildlife in Sweet Marsh.
Staff with the DNR will present details on the Invasive Plant Management Plan for Sweet Marsh during the meeting. Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to provide written questions regarding the plan following a short presentation.