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The details of herbicide application in Cook County

A number of Cook County residents contacted WTIP in late August to inquire about the spraying of herbicide near local roadways and under powerlines in the region.

The spraying is being conducted from a collection of local entities, including Great River Energy, the DNR and Minnesota.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Great River spokesperson Lori Buffington about herbicide application in certain parts of Cook County.

In addition to Great River Energy, officials from MnDOT informed WTIP late last week that they will continue to address invasive species through the end of the season. There are many areas that have already been done, that will be done again to remove things such as invasive plants which kill off native species and completely take over. Currently crews have been working to mechanically remove areas of woody brush to minimize visual impact. This work will be ongoing the rest of this week and next week. Additionally, MnDOT says it strives to be pollinator friendly in their use of herbicides.