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Volunteers pull out exotic species to enhance beach

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A group of 15 volunteer scuba divers from St. Croix Scuba in Hudson gathered at the beach on Perch Lake Saturday morning to pull Eurasian watermilfoil. The exotic and invasive species was first noticed in the lake around 2001.

"We try to get in three pulls a season," said Bob Heise, director of land, water and parks for St. Croix County. "It is important to keep it down in the beach area so it remains appealing for swimmers."

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