OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Twelve projects across Washington are getting money to help control invasive weeds in lakes. One of those projects will be in Yakima.
The state Department of Ecology says invasive aquatic plants can choke out native plants, put swimmers and boaters at risk and lead to a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Some of the grants will go toward controlling milfoil, a plant that forms dense mats of vegetation on the surface of lakes and other water bodies.
The other 11 projects are in King, Lewis, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane and Whatcom counties.