Invasive freshwater plant found in Alaska river

Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010

FAIRBANKS - An invasive freshwater plant found in Alaska has posed a problem for state and federal officials trying to assess what kind of threat it poses to the environment.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the plant was found in the Chena Slough and the Chena River this summer by the U.S. Forest Service.

The scientific name of the plant is Elodea canadensis, or Elodea for short.

Biologists say it probably got dumped into the slough from an aquarium sometime in the past decade.

Just how big a problem it will be in Alaska remains to be seen, but land managers, biologists and government agency officials are going to meet Friday in Fairbanks to talk about it.

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