Invasive plant "phragmites" sprayed in Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis. (WFRV) - It's common to see these tall weeds in ditches along the highway.  

Phragmites is an invasive plant species that has taken over much of the shoreline in the Green Bay area, including the Fox River and East River system.

Following a million dollar grant from the EPA, there is an on-going efforts to eradicate the aggressive plant.
 
Today, an aluminum amphibious vehicle called a MarshMaster took to Renard Island near Bay Beach to apply a blue, chemical herbicide to the plants.
 
"You spray it onto the leave of the plant, and the plant takes in the chemicals and delivers it down to the root system," said Nick Kafcas of Wildlife and Wetland Solutions.
 
A total 1,500 acres of shoreline, parks, and ditches in Brown County have been treated for phragmites since 2015, and this is the final year the plants will be sprayed.  They are planning another 700 acres by December.
 
"It gets very tall, blocks any views you have of your water ways," said Angela Koalzek-Adrians of Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission who heads the project.  "It limits public access, it's not a great habitat for animals," she said.
 
It's an effort that will take an unmanageable problem and make it easier to control in the future.
 
"Now we really need land owners to step up and have programs in place to keep it managed," said Kowalzek-Adrians.
 
Treatment, or spraying, for the plants is scheduled to continue into early October.
 

 


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