RIVERDALE, N.D. --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct vegetation management activities during August and September on sandbars in the Missouri River between Garrison Dam and Huff, N.D. to keep the sandbars free of vegetation and usable by the threatened Piping Plover for nesting.
Certified applicators using helicopters will begin spraying the end of August only on the vegetated portions of sandbars. Approximately 800 acres have been identified for treatment by a team of federal and state agency representatives. The Bismarck-Mandan river reach (river miles 1325 to 1310) will not be sprayed. Spraying will be done with glyphosate and imazapyr, both approved for aquatic use by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
Spraying will take place only when environmental conditions allow, such as little to no wind and no rainfall in the immediate forecast. While efforts will be made to conduct spraying during the week when public use is lower, spraying may occur on weekends since good spraying days can be limited due to wind or rain.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began current vegetation control and removal activities on selected sandbars in 2012 and will continue each spring and/or fall, as needed, into the future.
Release no. 23-032