NEWPORT CITY, VT. >> An invasive aquatic plant species has been found in a cove off Lake Memphremagog in Vermont.

The Caledonian Record reports <URL destination="">state officials have confirmed that a patroller found evidence last summer of starry stonewort in Scott's Cove in Newport City.

</URL>Starry stonewort is an invasive species that migrated to the U.S. from Europe. It creates thick mats that float up and down in water, which can choke waterways by blocking sunlight below and preventing people or fish from getting through.

State aquatic biologist Anne Bove says the state Department of Environmental Conservation hopes to work with local and Quebec partners to stop it from spreading farther in the lake, shared by Vermont and Canada.

The state has notified Newport City and the Memphremagog Watershed Association about the plant.

Information from: The Caledonian-Record,