Experts to detail spread of invasive plant species Dec. 11

Devin Kelly

A public meeting hosted by state environmental agencies in Anchorage on Wednesday night aims to alert Alaskans about an invasive plant species in state waters.

Elodea, an aquatic plant species also known as waterweed, is popular with the aquarium industry and school biology classes. The plant is native to Canada, the state of Washington and other places in the lower 48, but considered invasive in Alaska, where state agencies are currently working to control its spread.

Elodea has already been located in Sand Lake in Anchorage, and in other lakes and slow-moving rivers in Alaska, according to a release Wednesday from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Community members seeking more information on the ecological impact of the plant can attend a public meeting being held at 6 p.m. at Sand Lake Elementary School's library.

Speakers will include Lars Anderson, an aquatic invasive plant expert who previously worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service and directed the Weed Research and Information Center at University of California, Davis.

Reach Devin Kelly at or 257-4314.