Wheat Ridge water quality project starts in June

teaselhead week
Teasel Weed
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What does Wheat Ridge do when its Clear Creek Greenbelt Open Space acquires an infestation of an exotic weed (teasel)? And what does it do when that same wetland harbors an endangered plant and an endangered mouse, both of which could be harmed by spraying herbicides?

The Rocky Mountain Chapter Water Quality and Wetlands Committee has been helping out the city for years by manually removing and reducing the weed population, and we will continue that work in 2014. Our work sessions this year will be:

  • Saturday, June 7, teasel rosette digging
  • Saturday, August 2, teasel seedhead removal
  • Saturday, August 9, teasel seedhead removal

We work from 9:30-11:30 a.m. each day, and then eat lunch in Wheat Ridge. For more information, e-mail Betty Jo Page or call 303-232-9105.

The Water Quality Committee also holds regular meetings and works on other aspects of water quality in Colorado. E-mail Kirk Cunningham or call 303-939-8519 for more information on that aspect of the committee's work.

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