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Rush Week Targets Newest Aquatic Invader

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Erin Mader, Lakes Commission, tackls flowering rush in the Clark Fork delta Erin Mader, Lakes Commission, tackls flowering rush in the Clark Fork delta

Volunteers are needed to help stop the spread of flowering rush.

SANDPOINT – Locals are invited to help stop the spread of flowering rush – Lake Pend Oreille’s latest aquatic invader – during a public work party at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Sandpoint City Beach.

It’s unclear how flowering rush established itself in Lake Pend Oreille. It likely came to the U.S. from Europe as a garden plant. However it got here, it’s creating problems for our lake. Like other aquatic invasive plants, flowering rush crowds out native vegetation and interferes with swimming and navigation.

The current infestation is still at a manageable level, however, which inspired the Bonner Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force to declare the week of April 18-23 Flowering Rush Week.  In addition to the public work party on Saturday, members of the Task Force, including Bonner County Weed Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake*A*Syst, and the Pend Oreille Basin Commission have coordinated with school groups to tackle flowering rush infestations in Boyer slough, Denton Slough, Clark Fork Delta, and Dover.

“Every person who participates in this ‘Rush Week’ will be highly valued for their efforts to help stop the advance of this noxious weed,” said Molly McCahon, Lak*A*Syst Coordinator.

The public is invited to pitch in at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at City Beach. The weed and root wad must be dug up and removed to prevent spread.  This is not a difficult task, but it can be muddy so participants should bring boots, gloves and shovels. Also, buckets no larger than 5 gallons are needed. The weed work party will be cancelled in the event of rain.

To sign up, or for more information, call the Bonner County Weed Department (208) 263-3175 or e-mail [email protected]



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