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Water lilies invade KU’s Potter Lake

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Survey's Scott Campbell was interviewed for this article in the Lawrence Journal-World.

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After a much-needed dredging in 2010 and a number of student-led clean-up efforts, Kansas University’s iconic Potter Lake has a new enemy this semester: water lilies.

The plant’s pink flowers may be nice to look at in small doses but they can be aggressive, said Scott Campbell, associate director for outreach and public service for the Kansas Biological Survey.

And once they are introduced to a lake — particularly a shallow one — they spread easily. Today, the plants are covering about half the lake’s surface.

“It sure has done well,” Campbell said, looking out over the lake this week.


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