Phragmites treatment on Harbor Island set for Sept.

An effort to eradicate invasive phragmites on Harbor Island will begin next month. "We got permission from Grand Haven to do that, and that will start in September,' said Leslie Newman, president of Wetlands Watch, a local environmental group. The eradication effort will be a two-pronged approach that will result in helicopter spraying for large stands of phragmites on Harbor Island, as well as a more hands-on approach for smaller stands.
Alex Doty
Aug 3, 2011


“The window to treat phragmites is when the plant’s energy is going downward in the early fall,” Newman said as the reasoning for the work to start next month.

To conduct the phragmites eradication, the Wetlands Watch group has received a $30,000 grant from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation’s Greatest Needs Fund to conduct a three-year removal effort.

According to Newman, the Wetlands Watch group has been asked to raise matching funds and has obtained money to do the current year of the eradication.

Newman said the first two years of work involves actual treatment of the phragmites, and the third year involves spot checking and spot treatment.

Newman said if people have noticed they may have phragmites stands beginning along their waterfront, they can call her at 844-3066.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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