Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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Brazilion elodea in Rappahannock River

If you’ve paddled or fished the Rappahannock above Fredericksburg recently, you’ve noticed a sea of green in spots along the shore. (Staff Photographer Mike Morones snapped this picture of me and John Tippett, executive director of Friends of the Rappahannock, knee-deep in the stuff last week.)

 Submerged aquatic vegetation is a good thing, but this grass is closely related to invasive hydrilla that has made a home in the Potomac and area streams and lakes. For more details, and an assessment of whether it’s good or bad, see tomorrow’s Free Lance-Star.