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Water Stargrass Management

Keeping the Yakima River Safe for Salmon & Our Communities

Benton Conservation District (BCD) is leading the effort to manage overgrowth of water stargrass. Although a native plant, water stargrass acts like an invasive species dominating the lower river to the exclusion of other native plants. The dense vegetation creates challenges for irrigation and recreation, degrades water quality and fish habitat, and enhances breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Water Stargrass Project

How You Can Help

New tool unveiled to battle
water stargrass on Lower Yakima River
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