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'Crush the Rush' continues Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on the city beach in Detroit Lakes

Dan Swanson of the Brainerd DNR office, right, shows volunteers the correct way to remove the flowering rush -- by digging your hand deep under the plant and removing all the roots. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

Volunteers are needed today to pull flowering rush on the Detroit Lakes city beach.

Everyone is invited out today and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to help hand-harvest the invasive plant taking over the city beach on Detroit Lake. Anyone interested is asked to meet at the Pavilion area by the sailboat sculpture and then help pull rush from the Pavilion to the Legion beachfront area.

Organizers ask that participants bring their own boots or waders, gloves, pitchforks or rakes and wheelbarrows or large buckets to help in the effort.

Flowering rush is an exotic non-native invasive perennial plant that primarily grows on shoreline and in shallow depths of infested lakes to the height of 2-4 feet. The rush-like stems emerge above water when not disturbed by watercraft.

The triangular-shaped stem may be topped with a cluster of light pink flowers during bloom time. The root system can grow to be a massive underground rhizome formation, so it is important to remove all root fragments.

For more information on the Crush the Rush effort, contact the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 847-9202.