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City of Kirksville to combat invasive plant growing in Forest Lake

Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park has become overgrown with the invasive curly-leaf pondweed. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

An invasive plant continues to wreak havoc on one of Kirksville's primary water sources.

Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park has become overgrown with the invasive curly-leaf pondweed.

According to city staffers, it's a non-native and invasive aquatic plant with leaves that are stiff and crinkled.

The plant can interfere with recreational and other uses of lakes by producing dense mats at the water's surface.

That's why the city has plans to close the lake for a couple of weeks.

Forest Lake will be shut down starting on March 28 and will reopen on April 11.

Kirksville Public Works Director Glenn Balliew says during that time, work will be done to kill off the plant.

"We are going to spot treat with some chemicals three locations on the lake. This has all been approved and verified and tested with the Department of Natural Resources."

Balliew adds that samples of the plant will also be collected and sent to a lab to be studied.


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