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Students Help Measure Aquatic Invasive Species Submitted: 04/17/2012
Woodboro - Aquatic Invasive Species in Northwoods lakes are becoming a more visible problem.

Students and naturalists joined together today to learn more about the plant life on a local lake.

Seventh through twelfth from the Northwoods Community Secondary School in Rhinelander teamed up with members of the Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Department for a fun - and educational - day on the water. "We really want to get the students a little bit more involved with some of the field research, some of what aquatic invasive species are," said Michele Sadauskas, the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Oneida County.

That's exactly what the many of the students from the charter school got to help with firsthand.

"It's more hands on, and personally I'm more of a hands-on learner. It's just a cool life experience rather than reading it out of a book," said Andrea Walker, a junior at NCSS.

"With the invasives, there's some I knew already, but there were some - I don't think I've ever seen Eurasian Water Milfoil before," said eighth grader Alex Gaber.

Along with Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly Leaf Pondweed is another persistent invasive species in the Northwoods.

The mission is to investigate these plants and the rest of the lake vegetation.

The group set anchor on different points of Manson Lake, collecting the plant life on the bottom and recording their findings.

"You take a couple of rakes, and you pull in the plants, and see what you can identify on each rakeful you pull up - and how much of what is there," said Sadauskas.

Getting students involved now is crucial for years to come.

"It's the younger generation coming up that is going to be important for the future...with our lakes and their protection," said Sadauskas.

Next week, the students will be with Sadauskas to help pull invasive purple loosestrife in the area.

Written By: Ben Meyer

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