Waterbury Select Board hears of invasive species concerns
WATERBURY — The chairman of Waterbury’s Conservation Committee on Monday brought concerns to the Select Board about invasive plant species being mingled in sand and gravel piles that the town uses for road repairs.
Allan Thompson, the Conservation Committee chairman, said Tuesday the entire back of a sand pile near the post office in Waterbury Center is covered with phragmites, a large perennial grass found in wetlands. Thompson also said that Japanese knotweed, another large perennial, is partly visible from a village stockpile on Moran Lane.
Thompson said municipal vehicles involved in roadwork can transport the invasive plants onto private land.
Public Works Director Alec Tuscany suggested the problem would be addressed this year. He said the town plans to apply herbicides to the affected piles.
The Moran Lane invasive species problem affects a gravel pile, which also has sediment running off into Thatcher Brook. Tuscany said the town could build a berm or other barrier to solve that problem.MORE IN Central VermontThe gubernatorial debate Wednesday night in downtown Rutland kicked off with the news of the day. Full Story
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