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  • Much of the coastal marsh along the upper coast, from about Matagorda Bay to the Louisiana border, is in generally fair-to-poor condition, a result of high salinity levels that hurt production of duck-friendly native aquatic vegetation such as wigeongrass, najas and pondweeds. Chronicle

  • "That lack of rain and high tides from Alex had a negative impact on the aquatic vegetation - things like wigeongrass - that are really important for waterfowl." Chronicle

  • That's what's happened in the marshes of the Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area near Freeport, where high sa linities have killed much of the seashore paspalum (jointgrass) and spartina patens (wiregrass/marshhay) that carpet the marsh, as well as wigeongrass and other aquatic vegetation that grow in the normally brackish water. Chronicle


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  • I like this name because of the inclusion of a bird's name in the string. Not a grass in the strict sense. Genus Ruppia in the Ruppiaceae, the "ditchgrass" family.

    September 17, 2009