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County, local governments and agency announce plan to control invasive species Phragmites

To maintain environmental quality and public health and safety, the Road Commission for Oakland County and various local governments, working with the Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, will be treating the invasive plant Phragmites in ditches along major roads in September and October 2019. Phragmites grows in wet areas and can reach heights of 15 feet, leading to safety and environmental problems. It forms dense stands blocking views at intersections, impedes water access, impairs drainage, damages infrastructure, crowds out habitat, and causes hot, damaging fires if ignited.

GEI Consultants will be performing the Phragmites treatment. These are licensed herbicide application contractors who will follow the manufacturer's application directions.
GEI Consultants intends to treat target areas in Farmington and Farmington Hills on Friday September 20th, but weather conditions may influence the timing of treatments – the treatment schedule is approximate.

Residents who live adjacent to Phragmites should monitor the vicinity for posting of the 8.5x11 inch, yellow signs. The signs will indicate the date of the treatment, the products used, and any restrictions on the use of treated property.

Areas for treatment include Oakland County primary, local, and natural beauty roads in Addison, Bloomfield, Brandon, Commerce, Groveland, Highland, Holly, Independence, Lyon, Milford, Oakland, Orion, Oxford, Rose, Springfield, Waterford, West Bloomfield and White Lake Townships; and the communities of Auburn Hills, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Franklin, Holly, Keego Harbor, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion, Leonard, Madison Heights, Milford, Novi, Orchard Lake, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, South Lyon, Southfield, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Walled Lake, Wixom, and Wolverine Lake.




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