NEW YORK, Niagara County SWCD – The Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District is working toward eradicating the invasive species Japanese knotweed in Niagara County.
Japanese knotweed grows aggressively in riparian and disturbed areas and can have detrimental effects on infrastructure. Due to a thick canopy, there is little to no vegetative ground cover in a knotweed patch and the exposed bare soil is susceptible to erosion which poses a threat to riparian areas.
The Soil and Water Conservation District has received a Cooperative Weed Management Area grant through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to help eradicate the plant. Multiple patches of knotweed have been treated for several years in the Eighteenmile Creek watershed and the eradication program is being expanded throughout the county with this grant. Sites are being identified and prioritized for the eradication efforts.