December 28, 2007--Stronghold in the war over water (Colorado Springs Gazette)

As foreign invaders go, tamarisk, a flowery plant that grows along creeks and rivers, may not seem the most insidious. But it may be the thirstiest — a single plant can consume 200 gallons of water a day. In Colorado, where water is a precious commodity, officials have long struggled with ways to deal with the prolific and tenacious plant. In Colorado, it has driven out native cottonwoods along most major rivers and streams and occupies 45,000 acres. A report by the Grand Junction based Tamarisk Coalition, formed to combat the plant, said last year the Arkansas River is the most infested in the state. And two of its tributaries, Fountain Creek and the Huerfano River, have the most tamarisk of any tributaries in the state.

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