Federal funds offered for spraying invasive vegetation

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July 9, 2009 - 7:00pm

$1.5 million is available under the 2008 Farm Bill to manage overgrowth of phragmites, salt cedar, purple loosestrife and other plants along rivers.

Steve Chick, the state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, says similar efforts in areas like the Platte and Republican Rivers have worked well.

"The efforts that the state has made so far have been extremely successful in controlling invasive species on the riparian corridors." Chick says. "Time will only tell how long we'll be able to keep that control, but at least initially it got really good results."

Chick says the priority will go to riparian areas, or land along rivers. Landowners in river basins where the water is declared fully or over-appropriated are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 24.

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