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Ottawa County Parks introduces bugs to reduce invasive plants

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- The Ottawa County Parks welcomed 4,000 weevils into the water at Grand River Park in Georgetown recently in an effort to reduce the amount of invasive plant species in the lake. The small beetle-like bugs are being used reduce the amount Eurasian watermilfoil species that has taken hold of the small lake. Weevils are native to the area and will not harm aquatic life, but will reduce the amount of milfoil without the need for chemical applications. Visitors will not be bothered by the introduction of Weevils and will likely not even notice their presence. The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission also recently added a goat to its list of tools used to manage invasive species in hard-to-manage areas.

Story by: Claire Fodell