CALUMET COUNTY - The Department of Natural Resources plans to spray some Calumet County waterways with an herbicide to clear weeds that are blocking stream channels.
The DNR plans to treat about 52 acres of cattails and phragmites by helicopter. Crews would use the herbicide Imazapyr, under the trade name Polaris. The DNR says it is approved for water use and would not cause significant adverse environmental effects.
Spraying is being proposed for 100-foot-wide areas along Spring Creek, Black Creek and the North Branch of the Manitowoc River. A portion of the Killsnake Wildlife Area would also be sprayed.
The DNR says, based on past experiences, the benefits of the herbicide application would last for several years, allowing the streams to flow in their historical settings.
Members of the public may direct any comments on the proposal to DNR wildlife biologist Josh Jackl at 3369 West Brewster Street, Appleton, WI 54914, or at firstname.lastname@example.org , or at 920-832-2825. The deadline for submitting comments is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13.
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