Phragmites control a positive movement on local waterways

A helicopter recently hovered over the Grand River area as it sprayed stands of phragmites from above.
Oct 17, 2013

This was the latest in an ongoing effort to combat the invasive plant that seems to have taken hold in local waterways in recent years. Other efforts include treatment and removal of phragmites on Harbor Island and some of the bayous.

Environmental experts and wildlife enthusiasts are concerned about the impact the plant might have on the local ecosystem. Invasive phragmites can outcompete existing plants and crowd out native species.

With the threat there, it is good to see property owners along the Grand River take heed of this risk and try to protect our natural resources. Left untreated, this plant can spread quickly.

Property owners along the river could have easily said “no thanks” when it came to being asked to help fund treatment for eradication of phragmites. But they didn’t.

Instead, these people stepped up and put some money in the hat to help pay for treatment in the lower Grand River. By doing so, they’ve taken the first step in getting the plant eliminated.

And with a grant in hand to fund additional eradication efforts, residents of the Tri-Cities area can be assured that more work will be done in the future to get rid of this menace.

We’d hate to see our wetlands reduced to giant stands of dense grassland.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



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