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Pond Outlaws, Texas water plant legislation to sweep more states.

Pond Outlaws, Texas water plant legislation to sweep more states.

[UPDATE 1/27/2011: see the Jan 27th post where the Plant Ban is currently pulled from becoming new law]

Water Garden regulation is about to sweep the nation. Texas is finalizing the white list of approved Aquatic Plants. Soon all Taro (over 100 types of Elephant ears), Papyrus, Cattails, Creeping Jenny, and a number of other long time favorites of water gardens will be outlawed in Texas with fines of $2000 per incident.

New York, Maryland, and other states are already voicing that they intend to copy this new law prohibiting 100s of Aquatic Plants and destroying business. Why? Much of this has to do with boating. Hydrilla which travels from lake to lake on the bottom of unwashed boats is overtaking waterways. Giant salvinia can also travel like this. Both plants were restricted in Texas (a black list) which is fine. However the legislation passed in 2009 now states only studied and approved plants should be sold to the state. That leaves a very short list of plants to be sold. 

As this legislation comes to more and more states the water garden industry will shrink considerably. Also the aquarium trade will be hit as the list does not include 43 aquarium plants common within that trade.

Normally Texas is a pro-business state but this really puts a dent in that thinking. Again this legislation is being copied right now in at least 3 states that we know of and as most laws will continue spreading.

This will hurt both aquarium hobbyists, pet industry jobs, water garden installers, aquatic plant growers and customers and pond societies. Complaints have come in from Canada as to concerns that they will not be able to order plants from Texas in the future due to this regulation.

See two news articles below with comments from our friends Tim Davis, Brandon McLane, and Rolf Nelson.
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/15/2771870/texas-plan-to-combat-invasive.html
http://www.petproductnews.com/headlines/2011/01/12/texas-updates-white-list-of-aquatic-plants.aspx

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  1. This will negatively affect aquarium hobbyists, pet jobs, installers, water garden, aquatic plant producers and consumers and businesses in the pond.

  2. admin says:

    UPDATE: Luckily as of 48 hours ago the Texas White List has been haulted, hopefully dead for good.

    More info on the International Waterlily and Water Garden Society homepage.

    Zac

  3. Pond Pumps says:

    This law stipulates increasing the water garden industry will shrink considerably. Also the aquarium trade will be affected, because the list does not include aquarium plants common in this business.

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