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Fighting an invader

Sun, Mar 23, 2008 (2 a.m.)

A beetle’s selective appetite for tamarisk trees makes it well suited to fight the invasive plant throughout the West. Up and down the Colorado River the tamarisk now consumes as much as 325 billion gallons of water a year. That’s more water than is used the entire population of the Las Vegas Valley.

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