What is That Stuff in the Water… and Other Mysteries

Every wonder what the stuff is? While its always best to keep erosion out for the lake, take steps to avoid introducing invasive species to the lake, and quickly report suspicious plants, sometimes lakes and streams don’t always look or behave the way we expect.

Water can be full of strange colors, unidentified blobs, and swimming creatures. Something that at first glance looks like pollution actually might be a natural phenomenon. The aquatic world is diverse. There are all kinds of cool, weird, and interesting things waiting to be discovered in your nearby lake or
stream. This field guide will help you identify some common phenomena, and help you distinguish pollution from something natural. To learn more click or touch here for the University of Maine Field Guide to Aquatic Phenomena.