Spraying for tansy to begin next week

May 30, 2019
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Spraying for tansy to begin next week

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake will take steps to remove noxious and prohibited weeds from public property in Cold Lake.

Common Tansy is defined as a noxious weed under the Alberta Weed Control Act. The Act requires control measures to be incorporated to reduce the spread of the weed throughout the province. Common tansy is considered to be extremely invasive, with a single plant capable of producing upwards of 5,000 seeds. Though unpalatable to most creatures, if consumed in large quantities, the plant can be toxic to livestock.

The City of Cold Lake will be combatting the weed to prevent its spread from the currently infected areas:

  • Along 54 Avenue and 44 Street
  • Highway 28 when coming into the north between 16 Avenue and 16 Street
  • the Tri-City area east of the mall
  • the ditch along 16 Avenue between the highway and the Public Works Shop

This spray will also be targeting other prohibited noxious weeds, such as Oxeye Daisy and Scentless Chamomile.

The areas will be sprayed between June 3 and 6, weather permitting. Residents are advised to stay out of treated property until 24 hours after the last application. Signage will be posted in advance to alert residents of a planned application, and what steps to take if exposed.

The spray being used will be Milestone Herbicide, which is a selective herbicide for control of broadleaf weeds and invasive plants.

Due to the speedy nature of the weed’s spread and reproduction, municipalities are encouraged to take action quickly to help prevent the weed from spreading.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019