Government Campaign Underway To Reduce Tamarisk Population

The campaign to remove tamarisk and other invasive species that suck the water out of the colorado river is gaining more support. U.S. Senator Wayne Allard says he's pleased with the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a feasibility study to help restore the ecosystem along a 50–mile stretch of the Colorado River between Utah and Palisade.

The project will look at managing and removing tamarisk and Russian olive plants. It will also include improving the riverbanks and restoring bottomland floodplain habitat.

Tamarisk is a shrubby plant that's invaded the waterways of the west and crowded out native species. Each tamarisk uses up to 300 gallons of water a day.

The Army Corps of Engineers' project will be discussed during a tamarisk symposium planned for October 12th-14th in Grand Junction.


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