- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

CHAMBERS, Neb. (AP) - Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area in northern Nebraska has been closed to the public as officials try to keep an invasive aquatic plant from spreading.

Officials with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission say they plan to chemically treat Goose Lake later this month to remove an infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil.

The plants’ leaves or stem fragments can easily be carried on boats, trailers and other aquatic sporting equipment to other bodies of water.

The plants can spread rapidly from leaves and can grow up to 2 inches a day. Their dense surface mats interfere with boating, fishing, swimming and other recreation.

The lake is about 10 miles southeast of Chambers in southern Holt County.

The lake closed in September due to the same infestation and reopened in January.

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