Phragmites Cost Share
Since 2008 the Platte Valley Weed
Management Area (PVWMA) and West Central Weed Management Area (WCWMA)
collectively received grants and contributions from partners to control
invasive phragmites and other invasive vegetation within channels of the Platte
River. In total approximately 28,000 acres of phragmites have been treated with
herbicide and 2,500 acres of dead biomass have been mechanically removed. A
total of $3.5 million has been spent on this project. Historic grant and
partner money covered 100% costs of invasive species control within active
channels of the Platte River. In other areas such as back water sloughs, side
channels or other riparian areas PVWMA and WCWMA is able to cost share invasive
control efforts with landowners.
Current and future grant funds
to continue 100% cost share within active river channel are reduced and
uncertain. In 2010 phragmites was added to the states noxious weed list,
meaning landowners are now required by law to control infestations. WMA’s
will continue monitoring and maintaining previous control work and are offering
a cost share program.
WMA’s are planning to continue main flowing channel
maintenance work by helicopter and airboat. The need to work on
backwaters, side channels and tributaries is extremely high as those remaining
infestation are supplying seed source to main channels. WMA’s are offering a
cost share program where the herbicide will be supplied but landowner is
required to furnish application costs.