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Officials planning to curb spread of plant

VINEYARD — Officials are planning to use aircraft to spray parts of the Utah Lake shoreline to try to stem the spread of an invasive plant.

The Utah Department of Natural Resources and Utah County planned to start the project as early as Wednesday.

The phragmites reed has taken over large areas of wetlands and has replaced native species. It was introduced to the area for ornamental use. The plant grows tall and dense, keeping waterfowl out.

The herbicide being used is formulated to minimize harmful effects to surrounding wildlife, including fish. Crews will burn or remove the reeds after they are killed.