Milfoil has posed environmental and maintenance challenges for Lake Tapps. Over the last several years Cascade has worked to eradicate milfoil, and has removed and gotten rid of most of this invasive plant. Cascade will continue to monitor and follow up with appropriate treatment during growing seasons. According to the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE), milfoil starts spring growth earlier than native aquatic plants and can out shade these beneficial plants. Because it is widely distributed and difficult to control, DOE says milfoil is considered the most problematic plant in Washington State.
Freshwater aquatic plants – what are they good for?
(Courtesy Washington State Lake Protection Assoc.) Aquatic plants are an often misunderstood and under-valued part of lakes and rivers. Though many people would rather not have them in their favorite swimming spot or fishing hole, native aquatic plants provide varied environmental benefits to many lakes. Read more.