Concerns of invasive plant from dumped aquariums in Richmond
RICHMOND (NEWS1130) – A new floating pond plant is taking over Richmond waterways, and people dumping their aquariums are to blame. The Invasive Plant Council of BC is very worried about how Parrotfeather is destroying our ecosystem.
“It’s really, really critical… especially with all of the water gardens around. Stop releasing things that are not native to the environment,” says Executive Director Gail Wallin.
“We know that when you buy plants for your aquarium, they’re very difficult to identify, so you don’t always know what you’re getting.”
She explains Parrotfeather comes from South America. “It’s got feather-like leaves that are around the stems and they come in groups… and it is largely a submerged plant that you will find in the water.”
So, clean-up is a tough job; it could include divers and be very expensive.
“You can’t pull all the Parrotfeather very easily and get every piece of it. So many of these plants will reproduce by just a small piece of the vegetation left behind,” says Wallin.
She notes they’re very concerned because it has not appeared in our area before. “It likes freshwater ponds, so we want to restrict it. We don’t want it here.”
The province has announced $1.7 million in new grants to control the spread of invasive plants throughout the province.