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Flowering rush dwindles in Detroit Lakes

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Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Lakes choked with thick patches of flowering rush seem to be a thing of the past in Detroit Lakes.

Chemical treatments on Big Detroit, Curfman, Sallie, and Melissa lakes have cut down the weeds for the third straight summer.

The lake system has struggled with the invasive plant since the 1970s.

In the mid-2000s, they decided to do more research on how to treat it, and it seems to be paying off.

Tera Guetter- Pelican River Watershed District: "Everybody who has been on the lakes has commented on how beautiful the lakes look and they're not having to try and boat through all the flowering rush. So, we're very excited and enthusiastic with the public's response to the treatments, so far."

This winter, they will get the results from research to find out just how well the treatments worked.