Since the spill occurred, two plant species, cattail (Typha latifolia) and spike rush (Eleocharis tuberculosa), have colonized the area.
Rhizosphere (roots and soil adhering to the roots) and non-rhizosphere (soil shaken from the roots) soil samples of cattail and spike rush were removed from 20 by 20 cm plots randomly selected at least 30 m within the contaminated field and placed in plastic bags at 4[degrees]C for transport and storage.
The advent of "swimbaits" that double as soft-plastic buzzbaits gave us a terrific advantage in heavy cover such as hydrilla, bonnets or thick spike rush
. Gambler's Flappn' Shad, a soft-plastic swim/buzzbait with a big, flat paddle tail, was on the vanguard of this type of bait, and remains one of the best topwater soft plastics.
Cimbaro recommends bulrush, spike rush
, pickerel weed and arrowhead.
Up there you can look down to the bottom of holes in hydrilla and spike rush
, within a 20-yard radius.
Low water allowed marsh vegetation such as spike rush
, bulrushes and eel grass to return.
Cattails, water plantain, spike rushes
and wapato are among the native plants that are springing back to life this year.