Invasive aquatic species found in Germantown creek

Oct. 16, 2013

A Washington County official reported finding water lettuce and water hyacinth in the creek near Division and Old Farm roads Oct. 7, and someone is believed to be dumping the species in the water source.

According to the Germantown police report:

The Washington County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator reported finding water lettuce and water hyacinth in the creek at 11:55 a.m. Oct. 7. It was the fifth time the two invasive species were found in the creek.

The coordinator said he found a grocery bag full of the plants at a nearby bridge and believes someone is dumping them over the bridge on purpose.

An extra patrol watch of the area was requested, as dumping an invasive species into Wisconsin waterways is a crime that carries a $300 fine per incident.

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