I. Toxic Plant Species

Some plant species found in and along inland waterways are toxic to humans. This fact sheet highlights four toxic plants common near inland waterways in the Midwest. Exposure to these plants through direct skin contact can produce a host of unpleasant effects, ranging from minor skin irritation to rash, blistering, and discoloration of the skin. Caution should be exercised while conducting Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment (SCAT) in areas that may contain the plant species listed below. Wear gloves, long sleeve shirts, and long pants to avoid coming into direct contact with these toxic plants. Wash clothing immediately as toxins from plants can persist for long periods of time beyond initial contact.