MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources has received a federal grant to fight an
aggressive weed this summer.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency gave the DNR a
nearly $806,000 grant to pay for herbicide spraying against
phragmites starting this August.
Phragmites can grow up to 20 feet tall and can crowd out native
species and obscure waterfront views. It’s found on the shores of
Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay.
DNR Conservation biologist Heidi Springborn tells Wisconsin
Public Radio that the weed migrated to this country in the
hulls of lake-going vessels.
The DNR has hosted informational meetings in Marinette and
Oconto last month and will host another Tuesday in Suamico and one
Thursday in Sturgeon Bay.