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Use of Herbicide to Combat Eurasian Milfoil Draws Criticism
Lake Shawnee has been identified time and again as one of the most idyllic locations in Shawnee County, leading county commissioners to invest heavily in the area in recent years with new walking paths and other features.

But maintaining that beauty, and more importantly, what’s under the water, can be challenging and at times controversial.

Lake Shawnee is one such area where Eurasian watermilfoil has flourished, leading the county to use herbicides in recent years to combat the spread of the weed.

One opponent of the herbicide use believes the introduction of herbicides to Lake Shawnee in past years has been detrimental to the bass population, and said mechanical or manual removal of excess weeds would be a better option.  He also said that watermilfoil helps increase fish populations in lakes, and that some of his best fishing experiences have been at lakes where the plant grows.

 
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