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Published July 20, 2012, 08:36 PM

Flowering rush clean up in Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- Homeowners on Minnesota's Detroit Lake are happily saying "goodbye" to an invasive plant that was taking over the lake.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- Homeowners on Minnesota's Detroit Lake are happily saying "goodbye" to an invasive plant that was taking over the lake.

Year after year, they have battled flowering rush, and now it appears there is finally a solution.

Weeks ago, these shores were overridden with the green blades of flowering rush - an invasive plant that made some areas of the lake impassible.

Now, lakeshore homeowners like Jean Pallansch say a new treatment is bringing the lake back.

Pallansch/PLM Lake & Land Managment: "We were so thrilled when they sprayed this spring because we were going to have to go out and pick all the weeds ourselves."

A new herbicide discovered through the Pelican River watershed and Mississippi State University is showing big results this summer.

Patrick Selter: "As you can see, it's wide open. The boats can get in and out, the homeowners are ecstatic. And that was the goal of the program."

Flowering rush makes it hard to boat or swim, and it spreads rapidly.

This area on the south side of the lake is still causing problems for some of these homeowners, but treatments will begin next week, hopefully bringing some relief.

This success comes after years of battling the plant.

Pallansch: "We're real happy to see it. It just helps the whole lake look pristine again."

The treatments will not eradicate the flowering rush, but will make it easier to control.

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