The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

January 14, 2014

Noxious weed report OK'd by supervisors

OTTUMWA — Hoary Cress and Russian knapweed are the two most noxious weeds found in Wapello County in 2013.

Tuesday evening, Wapello County Board of Supervisors were briefed by County Engineer Brian Moore on the noxious weeds found in the county the past year. Moore, who doubles as the county's weed commissioner, is responsible for filing a yearly report with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The county's two most prevalent weeds, Hoary Cress and Russian knapweed, are highly competitive plants. Both, once established, can easily display native vegetation and has the potential to replace high-valued crop-producing lands.

Other noxious weeds found growing in Wapello County this past year included: buckthorn, bull thistle, Canada thistle, field bindweed, horse nettle, leafy spurge, musk thistle, perennial sow thistle, quack grass and purple loosestrife.

Secondary noxious weeds reported taking root were: buckhorn plantain, cocklebur, wild sunflower, curly dock, poison hemlock, puncture vine, red sorrel, smooth dock, teasel, velvetleaf, wild carrot, wild mustard, multiflora rose and shattercane.

Besides identifying the noxious weeds, Moore noted in his report that he had given one written and one verbal notice during the past year.

Although his weed commissioner duties are incorporated into his county engineer's job, Moore suggested in his report increased funding would allow more control of the county's weed and brush infestations.

In other business, the board:

• Amended a joint powers agreement for operating and maintaining the Soap Creek watershed project in order to receive a $1.5 million grant from the Iowa Flood Center. The resolution states, "The Soap Creek Watershed Board shall reimburse the party involved for cost incurred as a result of land rights acquisition. The use of eminent domain will not be used by the Soap Creek Watershed Board or any individual county in conduction with any Soap Creek Watershed project. Individual counties shall not initiate condemnation proceedings for the purpose of obtaining Soap Creek Watershed land rights."

• Approved a contract with Jasper Construction for $419,562.50 to do two deck overlays (the bridge on Monroe-Wapello road south of Highway 34 and the bridge on Agency Hedrick over Cedar Creek). The work will be performed this summer.

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