Highly invasive plant species invades the Connecticut River

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GLASTONBURY--A newcomer to the Connecticut River threatens to invade the natural order of things.

A botanist discovered Hydrilla, a highly invasive aquatic plant, in Keeney Cove in June, and today it's growing by the boat docks and launches at Riverfront Park.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says Hydrilla in the Connecticut River is likely there to stay, and that threatens so many other bodies of water in the state because boats and their trailers often help the invasive species spread.

"There's more boats coming and going in the Connecticut River than anywhere else," Bill Hyatt, DEEP's natural resources bureau chief, said.

To help control the spread of Hydrilla, DEEP says it's the law that boaters wash, drain and dry their boats and trailers before backing them into another body of water.