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Grant awarded to environmental group for treating invasive plant species
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SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- An invasive plant species are infesting shoreline regions in West Michigan and causing problems for wildlife.

Phragmites, a form of giant reed grass, multiply at an alarming rate along the wetlands in Michigan.  They grow in thick, wall like groups of hundreds, taking over the habitats for plants and making them inhospitable for animals.

Currently, 15 foot plants are threatening the natural habitat on Grand Haven's Harbor Island.

The Grand Haven Community Foundation has awarded the environmental group "Wetland Watch" a $30,000 dollar grant to rid the island of the species.

"The east side of the state... there are just areas that are lost to Phragmities," said Wetland Watch VP Leslie Newman.  "On the west side, we have the option to, as a community, come together to be able to deal with the problem before it takes over."

Wetland Watch will have to match the money from the grant in order to move forward with their three year plan.

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