INVASIVE AQUATIC PLANT SPECIES IN YORK COUNTY
Maine has 23 water courses* infested with 6 invasive aquatic plant species.
Of those 23 water courses in Maine, York County has 9 water bodies where 4 different invasive aquatic plant species have been detected.
Current list of known infestations in York County
Click on plant names below for links to pictures and information about the plant.)
West Pond in Parsonsfield & Legion Pond in Kittery
European naiad (or European water nymph)
Legion Pond in Kittery
Northeast Pond/ Salmon Falls River
Pickerel Pond in Limerick,
Variable leaf water-milfoil
Lake Arrowhead, Limerick/Waterboro
Balch Lake (Pd.), Acton/Newfield
Little Ossipee River, Waterboro/Limerick/Limington
Ossipee River. Kezar Falls to State Line
Saco River, Dayton
Spaulding Pond, Lebanon
(Click on links above for pictures and information at Maine Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program's
Virtual Herbarium website and for the Quick Key to Invasive Aquatic Plants
There are other infested water bodies close by in Oxford and Cumberland Counties (ME) and in several NH & MA water bodies.
(For the MA link to the MA waterbodies, go to page 34 of the pdf document or page 26 of the hard copy document to see a list of infested waterbodies.).
Many of the infestations are Variable leaf water-milfoil, but Eurasian water-milfoil has also been found in a private, un-named gravel pit pond in Scarborough, in a small pond in Brookfield, NH and also in a number of waterbodies in northern MA.
Other invasive aquatic plant species – such as fanwort & water chestnut - also occur in NH & MA within a 1-2 hour car trip from York County.
Prevention and education, early detection and rapid response are all important elements of an effort to manage the
threat that these invasive aquatic species present to our waterbodies.
For more information about the YCIASP:
Melissa Brandt, YCSWCD District Manager, Tel: 207-324-0888 ext. 214
Laurie Callahan, Aquatic Biologist, Tel: 802-258-1877
If you or your group would like info about Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) training or applications for ME DEP Cost Share Grants
(for CBI efforts and IAP management) please contact:
Lakes Environmental Association (LEA), 207-647-8580,
LEA website, mailing address – 230 Main St., Bridgton, ME 04009
Also, visit the MCIAP pages at the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (MEVLMP) to get more information about native
and invasive aquatic plants and for the 2011 Invasive Plant Patrol workshops schedule.
Additional invasive aquatic species information is available at ME Dept. of Env. Protection’s invasive aquatic plants web pages http://www.state.me.us/dep/blwq/topic/invasives/ and at ME Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife website http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/index.htm