Herbicides for invasive plants approved in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal and state officials say it won’t hurt the Great Lakes for Michigan to use herbicides to control a number of invasive aquatic plants.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service looked into a proposal by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for dealing with European frog-bit, European water-clover, flowering rush, parrot feather, water hyacinth, water lettuce and other plants that are not native to the state.

Control efforts would be focused in southeastern Michigan, Saginaw Bay, the Thunder Bay watershed in Alpena County and Munuscong Bay in Chippewa County.

The federal agency found there would be no significant impact on the environment and a more extensive analysis was not required.

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