The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word invasive as an aggressive spread, infiltrating healthy areas, infringing, and causing detriment.
Harming that which is good.
Across the Brazos River basin, there are plants that have entered our watershed, destroying ecosystems, stealing water, causing harm to native species, and hindering recreation.
Invasive species, which can be plants or animals, are not native to a particular area and can cause economic and ecological damage and impact human health.
When non-native species are introduced, they have few natural predators, competitors, or diseases that regulate their populations.
The Brazos River Authority’s Environmental Services Department regularly monitors different plants as a way of tracking the health of the Brazos River basin ecosystem.
When the results of this monitoring begin to show changes, the BRA, along with state and federal partners, work together to identify the cause of changes and make improvements that can aid the continued health and quality of the basin’s water supply.