The City of East Grand Rapids will treat the channel between Reeds and Fisk lakes for European Frog-bit.
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, PLM Lake and Land Management will place an herbicide that will not harm humans or wildlife in the channel for the first round of treatment. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have approved this plan.
Frog-bit is an invasive plant that resembles a water lily with a single white flower sprouting from the middle. It was recently found during a routine inspection by PLM, a company the City retains for ongoing inspection and treatment of invasive species in East Grand Rapids public waterways.
There will be a one-day swimming restriction and a three-day irrigation restriction within the treatment area, which includes areas proximate and adjacent to the Reeds/Fisk channel only. Treatment postings will also be placed adjacent to treated areas.
European Frog-bit was most likely unknowingly introduced into the lakes from someone dumping aquarium or water garden plants. The City reminds citizens to not dispose of this type of vegetation and contents into our water systems because they are often non-native to our area. The City also requests that concerned citizens do not try and harvest or manually remove any of the frog-bit as this may further spread the species. The City will continue to work with public and private partners to monitor and treat the impacted area.
For questions about European Frog-bit and the things East Grand Rapids is doing to control other invasive species, please contact Doug LaFave at 616.940.4817.