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Monday, February 15, 2016

Phragmites an Issue for Kincardine

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Kincardine spends $70K to eradicate phragmites; will host a Spring workshop.

Kincardine appears to be winning the fight against phragmites.

The invasive plant seems to have a stronghold on various communities, particularly along the shoreline of Lake Huron.

Director of Parks and Recreation Karen Kieffer, in a report to Kincardine's Committee of the Whole (JAN 27), says she believes they've made a dent against the plant in some areas.

Kieffer says they'll find out for sure this Spring, how successful their eradication plan was late last Summer.

She says the majority of their spraying  has been done along the shoreline and they have completed about 60% of their first pass.

So far, it's cost the municipality close to $70,000 and another $30,000 is included in the 2016 budget.

Kieffer says the spraying is usually done in late Summer around Labour Day and continues as long as the weather holds out and the killing is effective.

She says they'll start planning the 2016 program in July.

Meanwhile, if you're planning to fight your own phragmites problem, you need to do it correctly.

To that end, Kieffer says the municipality will hold a workshop this Spring with experts on hand.

That meeting will be on-site to show first-hand how to cut the weed and how to kill it.

A date for the meeting will be announced in the future.


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