Duckweed typically consists of a cluster of leaves with tiny roots that hang down into the water. It prefers water rich in nutrients, such as phosphorus, found in residential and agricultural runoff.
The City is partnering with the University of Minnesota to study how aquatic plants, particularly duckweed, affect Bloomington ponds.
Duckweed is a tiny floating plant that is often found in ponds. It can grow quickly, covering the surface of the water. The researchers will investigate how duckweed and submerged aquatic plants affect the water quality of ponds.
The project is part of the City’s efforts to improve the health and sustainability of its ponds and other bodies of water. The study’s findings will be used to help the City make informed decisions about how to manage its ponds in the future.
For information about water resources in Bloomington and what you can do to help water quality, visit blm.mn/water-resources.