SWANTON, Md. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources says it won’t use a herbicide to attack an invasive aquatic plant in western Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake this year.

The agenda for Monday’s meeting of the Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board includes an update on the state’s assessment of Eurasian water milfoil. Some area residents say the plant threatens to strangle recreational boating on the lake.

The DNR says a study last year found that milfoil was not outcompeting native aquatic plants. The agency says it will study the matter further this summer but won’t try to kill the invasive plant.

Milfoil forms dense mats of vegetation that can entangle swimmers and hinder boats. It first arrived in Wisconsin in the 1960s and has become a nuisance nationwide.

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