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Anti-milfoil efforts lauded; invasive weed kept from moving south in state

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, a leading advocate for addressing the state’s milfoil problem – he pushed so hard to fight the invasive aquatic weed in the 2006 legislative session that he nicknamed himself “Rep. Morty Milfoil” - said the state’s efforts have been highly successful. “The biggest success is that we’ve held it to 14 or 15 counties,” he said. “It’s never expanded. It was certainly moving south - it was going to be in the Snake River. But we’ve checked it.”

Anderson said the amount of invasive Eurasian water milfoil in Idaho’s waterways is “way down” from a few years ago. “I think that Ag has done a really tremendous job,” he said. You can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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