WPR News
8:12 am
Wed July 4, 2007

Thick Water Weed Could Be Headed For Wyoming

Laramie, WY – Wyoming is now the only state in the lower 48 without a noxious aquatic weed that clogs afflicted waterways.

Montana recently announced it has found Eurasian Aquatic Milfoil in a local reservoir.

And now the Department of Agriculture's Slade Franklin says it's only a matter of time until the weed crosses the border into Wyoming. That can be costly if left unchecked.

The multi-branched plant has feather-like leaves. It can resemble green algae and it grows so aggressively that it forms thick mats of organic material on the water's surface.

Franklin says his department is looking diligently for the weed in Wyoming waters. But he says he needs help from boaters and recreational users. He urges anyone to contact the department if they see a suspicious plant.