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Sat., July 11, 2009, 6:17 a.m.

Tribe Takes On Eurasian Milfoil

Item: Divers get up close, personal with milfoil/Becky Kramer, SR

Diver Glenn Edwards emerges from the bottom of the St. Joe River, just south of St. Maries on Friday after removing milfoil from the riverbed.
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More Info: Decked out in diver’s gear, Glenn Edwards submerged for a search-and-destroy mission Friday. His target: Eurasian milfoil. The invasive aquatic weed has gained a toehold in the St. Joe River, a tributary of Lake Coeur d’Alene. To keep the milfoil from invading new territory downstream, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe hired divers to suction it off the river bottom. “We don’t want it spreading northward into the lake,” said Dave Lamb, the tribe’s lake ecologist. Earlier this month, the tribe sprayed 100 acres of southern Lake Coeur d’Alene with an aquatic herbicide, 2, 4-D. The herbicide effectively combats milfoil where it forms thick mats of floating vegetation. But it’s less practical for fighting smaller pockets of the weed in flowing waters.

Question: Do you think the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe is more concerned about the health of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the North Idaho environment than local and state governments?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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