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Managing cattails at Bush Lake

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Bloomington Briefing Published August 30, 2022
Updated on November 29, 2022

Did you know many species of cattails are considered invasive in Minnesota? City staff are removing invasive cattail populations around Bush Lake to restore wetland health. There are three species of cattails in Minnesota—broadleaf, narrowleaf and hybrid. Only broadleaf is native. Narrowleaf and hybrid can grow so aggressively that they push out other native plants that are necessary for healthy wetlands.

The City is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to ensure that the management is being done correctly. A large portion of the work will occur throughout winter when the cattail stalks will be cut and removed. Cattail management will benefit the native wetland plants that have historically lived in the area. Watch a video to learn more at