August 13, 2008

Nuisance Weed Found in Canal

The state Game and Fish Department says curly leaf pondweed has been found in the McClusky Canal, near Lake Audubon.

The invasive weed can cover the surface of water in the spring, interfering with boating, fishing and swimming.

Officials say the curly leaf pondweed was found in the canal near McClusky in late July.

Lynn Schlueter, the state's aquatic nuisance species coordinator, says the weed is not easy to control.

The weed first came to America from Europe in the 1800s, and was first found in Lake Sakakawea in the mid-1990s.

- Associated Press

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