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Conservation District planning to address milfoil problem and salmon in Rock Creek



WEED ASSESSMENT: Klickitat County Weed Control director, Marty Hudson, right and Jenifer Parsons, aquatic plant specialist with the Department of Ecology, check out plant species at the mouth of Rock Creek.

The Eastern Klickitat Conservation District obtained a $30,000 grant to deal with stream conditions at the mouth of Rock Creek, according to Martha Blair, Resource Technician who works in WIRA 31, the resource inventory area that runs from Kennewick to the John Day Dam. The grant will allow conservation district staff to devise a plan to control Eurasian watermilfoil in Rock Creek.

Rock Creek is the only salmon bearing stream in Washington within WIRA 31. Currently it is infested with milfoil, a non-native species of aquatic plant that encourages predatory fish, mainly bass, which feed on small salmonids. While the plant is not likely to be eradicated due to its pervasive existence in the...

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