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SLELO PRISM

Water Soldier

 

Water soldier (Stratiotes aloides) is an aggressive aquatic invasive native to Europe and northwest Asia. In 2008 the only known population in North America was found in the Trent River Ontario, Canada. This infestation was likely established by the use of water soldier as an ornamental plant in aquatic gardens. Stopping the sale and use of water soldier is imperative to preventing its spread.

Impacts

Water soldier forms dense mats of floating vegetation that displace native aquatic plants and can alter surrounding water chemistry. These mats can also hinder recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Swimmers can become injured with cuts from water soldier’s sharp serrated leaf edges.

Identification

Water Soldier Identification Guide

Leaves are 40 cm long, sword-shaped, bright green, with sharp spines.

Flowers are white with three petals, fruit is a fleshy berry containing up to 24 seeds.

Management

Small infestations can be managed by hand pulling. Extreme care and proper protection should be used as the serrated edges can cut skin.
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http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-aquatic/water-soldier/

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PREVENTION
Prevent the introduction of invasive species into the SLELO PRISM.

EARLY DETECTION & RAPID RESPONSE
Rapidly detect new and recent invaders and eliminate all individuals within a specific area.

COOPERATION
Share resources, including funding personnel, equipment, information, and expertise.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Collect, utilize, and share information regarding surveys, infestations, control methods, monitoring, and research.

CONTROL
Control invasive species infestations by using best management practices, methods and techniques to include: ERADICATION (which is to eliminate all individuals and the seed bank from an area), CONTAINMENT (which is reducing the spread of established infestations from entering an uninfested area) and SUPPRESSION which is to reduce the density but not necessarily the total infested area.

RESTORATION
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Increase public awareness and understanding of invasive species.

INNOVATION
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Rob Williams
PRISM Coordinator

Megan Pistolese
Outreach and Education

Brittney Rogers
Aquatic Invasive Species

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Terrestrial Invasive Species

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