Larry Dix, executive director of the Nebraska Association of County Officials, says the organization is asking the Unicameral for financial aid to help wipe out noxious weeds that invade our state’s ponds, lakes and waterways.
“Once those invasive species get in our waterways, they just suck up a bunch of the moisture just for their own life,” Dix says. “We’re trying to work to put together projects where we can go in and spray waterways and things like that just to get rid of these invasive species.”
Dix says counties can’t do the job by themselves.
“The reason they need help is, the main river that runs through the state, the Platte River, it’s not very deep but it’s really wide,” Dix says. “To get out and spray those weeds, you need to get in there with a helicopter and that’s an expensive proposition.”
Dix says there have been some successful treatments already using helicopters.
“We’ve seen the benefit of it in a number of areas where they’ve gone along the Platte and the Republican rivers and sprayed these plants and cleaned up the bed stream,” Dix says. “Counties just don’t have the equipment to do it themselves and it becomes very expensive when you’ve got to hire somebody to fly in there and spray these things.”
Dix says there needs to be a statewide effort to deal with invasive weeds and clean up our waterways.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton