Program looks to clear noxious weed from Utah Lake

Program looks to clear noxious weed from Utah Lake

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Utah County weed officials hope a pilot program to rid a portion of Utah Lake's shoreline of an invasive weed will provide important answers to a long-running problem.

The reedy weed known as phragmites can quickly grow up to 14 feet tall and crowd out native species.

The Utah County Weed Board is trying to clear about 160 acres of phragmites on the northeast side of the lake. That part of the pilot program is expected to be finished sometime next year. Crews will then move to other parts of the lake.

The work is part of the county's 10-year plan to wipe out the noxious weed through the use of fire and chemicals.

Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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