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Giant Weed Said Border Security Obstacle

LAWRENCE, Kan., Dec. 30 (UPI) — A giant invasive weed is threatening the ecosystem along southern U.S. rivers and could hamper security efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border, researchers say.

Scientists writing in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management report areas of giant reed, Arundo donax, are encroaching on the waters of the Rio Grande River in Texas, overrunning international border access roads and creating a dense cover for illegal activities.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has called for a plan to control the giant reed, more commonly known in Texas as Carrizo cane, a non-native bamboo-like plant that can grow more than 32 feet tall.

Aerial surveys have provided the first accurate estimates of the infestations and will prove useful not only to government agencies but also to land owners, researchers said.

To support its rapid growth rate, Carrizo can consumes large amounts of water relative to that consumed by native vegetation, and can destroy wildlife habitat, they said.

 

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  • s c

    I have O N E question for the moment. HOW LONG HAS THE DHS KNOWN ABOUT THIS SITUATION?

  • s c

    In case anyone gives a damn, the DHS has known about this for far too long to make a difference in coping with that ‘weed.’ So what is the name of the genius in charge of taking care of the problem?
    Is it safe to assume that the DHS has any plans for getting rid of the weed, or at least making it tough for the weed to be a problem? Once again, the long, incompetent arm of Uncle Scam reaches out to screw up matters and make it worse.
    People, if you’re not aware of the existence of this weed and/or the ‘efforts’ of the DHS to address the problem, here’s a situation that will be ignored as long as possible. It’s probably safe to bet that if this weed makes it hard to stop illegals from entering the U S, it’s being done on purpose. Is this yet another example of what ‘the best and the brightest’ can do?

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