Maine Student’s App Tracks Invasive Aquatic Plants
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Invasive aquatic plants? There's an app for that.
University of Maine at Farmington senior Christopher Bond has created an application for mobile devices to help people identify invasive aquatic plant species and report them to a lake-monitoring program.
Bond's efforts started as a National Science Foundation Grant project to protect Maine's natural resources and help advance economic development in the Rangeley Lakes Region.
His app features 11 of the most common invasive aquatic plants in Maine. It helps identify the plants with a series of questions and high quality graphics. Once identified, the user can attach a photo of the plant and the GPS coordinates to an email that's sent to the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
Bond has published the invasive aquatic plant app on the Android app store where it is downloadable for free.