Water hyacinth found in new development
10 April 2017
A small infestation of water hyacinth has been found in Edgars Creek, in the Aurora development in Wollert.
The infestation was reported to Agriculture Victoria by a contractor who was conducting waterway assessments and was familiar with the plant.
Around 20 small plants were located adjacent to a road in Edgars Creek and Biosecurity Officers from Agriculture Victoria inspected the creek up and down stream looking for a possible source of the infestation.
No other infestations were detected, leading the officers to believe the plants were deliberately dumped.
Leading Biosecurity Officer Annie Lamb said water hyacinth, a State Prohibited weed, is highly invasive and will quickly form dense impenetrable mats, blocking light and reducing oxygen levels in the water.
"This can then lead to the death of fish and other aquatic life and also make waterways unusable for recreation, fishing and transport," Ms Lamb said.
"State prohibited weeds are the highest classification of noxious weeds and occur in such low numbers that they are deemed eradicable."
The Victorian Government is responsible for the eradication of State prohibited Weeds, including water hyacinth, and Agriculture Victoria will remove the plants at no cost to the land owner.
Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) originates from Brazil and is extremely invasive.
It can be identified by its distinctive mauve flower and bulbous spongy stems.
Anyone who may have seen water hyacinth plants is urged to contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 and not attempt to remove the plants themselves.
For more information visit the water hyacinth and invasive plant management page or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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