Weeds have taken on the status of “insurgents” in the eyes of the government. Grants of taxpayer money–$44,000 to Ada County–have been made available at all levels and you can expect to see how it is spent in the next couple of days.
We have professional government people to study, identify, and control weeds. Not ALL weeds, but noxious weeds. Don’t look for any help getting the morning glories out of your tomato patch however.
The Al Queda of weeds this year is Eurasian Watermilfoil. There are public service announcements (or paid ads?) about it and Thursday there will be a media event at Silver Lake–the private pond at Lake Harbor off State Street.
Ada County and the Idaho Department of Agriculture will be on hand along with scuba divers who will check out bottom of the lake in search of these weapons of mass destruction. A boat will be provided for the TV crews, so you can figure on plenty of press coverage–especially when they can get a boat ride on a hot summer day.
Ada spokesman Rich Wright explained the county connection to the GUARDIAN thusly:
“The reason Ada County is connected is because by law, Idaho property owners are responsible for noxious weed control on their property — in this case, Eurasian Watermilfoil. As a County Weed Control Department, we are charged with helping and facilitating property owner’s needs in areas of weed control. In cases where a property owner ignores their weed control responsibility, the county is directed to step in and remedy the situation. If the county fails to do that, the state can step in, prescribe the control measures and then send the bill to the county. We would then have to turn around and collect from the property owner.”
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