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By Caryn Miske
Executive Director, Clearwater Resource Council 

The Clearwater Valley in the midst of a waterlily invasion


August 26, 2021

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

The waterlilies expand out from the shoreline at the outlet of the Clearwater River from Seeley Lake.

A field of green greets both residents and visitors to many of the lakes in the Clearwater Valley. However, this is not the field of green you may be thinking of – This particular landscape lacks barbecue pits, lawn furniture and a kayak propped up against an old ponderosa pine. The field of green to which I'm referring is the blanket of waterlilies that now cover many acres of shorefront. While native waterlilies still exist in the Clearwater, the native species are being pushed out as invasive fragrant waterlilies colonize at an increasing voracious rate.

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