AUGUST 1995

AUGUST 1996 FULL ISSUE

SPRING'S SILENT INVADERS

By  MAYA MUIR

This spring, California
Food and Agriculture
officials met twice with
representatives from
Oregon and Washington to
plot strategy against a dan­
gerous alien invader: the
hydrilla, a delicately
whorled plant most com­
monly found at the bottom
of home aquariums and in
the .waterways of China,
India and Japan. A few too
many times, those aquari­ 
ums were dumped in
neighborhood ponds and
streams in the U.S. 
Hydrilla got loose and
began to spread, clogging
streams and lakes across
the southern U.S., while
working its way northward
on the Pacific Rim -
into the Pacific
Northwest. 

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Paul Koberstein