Minnesota Waters is a statewide 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the health of the lakes and rivers in our state. They have a Twitter account (@MinnesotaWaters) that I have been following. This morning they tweeted a link to an article title ‘In Homage to the Shore‘ written by Darby Nelson. Along with other accomplishments Darby has a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from the University of Minnesota.
‘In Homage to the Shore” he discusses aquatic plants and it is very interesting. A short list of why aquatic plants are important was provided by Darby.
- They stabilize bottom sediments with their roots, thereby reducing riling of sediments
- Provide food and shelter for many fish species
- Produce oxygen through photosynthesis so essential to life forms that live in the shallows
- Provide refuge for near shore animals (think ducklings)
- Plants that are native can limit growth of non-native invasive plants
Want to learn more about Darby? Read what Don Shelby wrote about Darby.