News Flash

Town News and Updates

Posted on: April 18, 2022

Middletown Strikes Back At Invasive Plants

DSC02747 2

Invasive plants might seem like no big deal, but the warning bell was sounded when the dunes at Second Beach were under attack. On April 25 at 6:30 pm in Town Hall, the Town's Conservation Commission sponsors an "Invasive Plants In Our Community" talk.

DSC02747 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Matt Sheley at (401) 842-6543 or msheley@middletownri.com 

MIDDLETOWN STRIKES BACK AT INVASIVE PLANTS

 

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (APRIL 18, 2022) – In the summer of 2008, the Town made headlines when news broke that the entire dune system at Second Beach was under attack. 


The cause? An invasive form of beach grass called Asiatic sand sedge or Carex kobomugi, which was causing the dunes to flatten or pancake, thereby weakening the entire beach itself.


After aggressive treatment of the sand sedge by the Town, the dunes at the Sachuest Point Road summertime hotspot are stronger than ever. And a recent report from Town Engineer Warren Hall indicated only about 100 square feet of Carex kobomugi remain today.


But that doesn’t mean Middletown’s battle against invasive plants is over, far from it. 


The Town’s volunteer Conservation Commission is sponsoring an informational meeting on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. from Town Hall titled “Invasive Plants In Our Community.” The session  will feature an informational talk by an invasive plant expert from the University of Rhode Island’s Cooperative Extension.


“Our aim is to raise awareness and hopefully start a dialogue about how to address the challenges presented by invasive plants in our community,” said Melissa Welch, Conservation Commission member.


While the invasives in Middletown might not be as dramatic as the sand sedge example, that doesn’t mean they’re any less devastating.


It’s likely most locals have heard about invasives as a result of the prescribed burns held at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge on occasion to get rid of them.


Welch said she first started looking into invasives last year after a resident approached her about the damage resulting from Japanese Knotweed. What she said she found was surprising, to put it mildly.

“Japanese Knotweed was brought to this country in the 19th century as an ornamental, but with few natural competitors, it has spread aggressively, outcompeting native plants,” Welch said. “Knotweed has a very strong root structure that can grow through asphalt and even brick walls. It spreads through underground rhizomes, by seed, and, when cut, even small pieces can re-sprout, so it can be spread through yard waste. It can grow 10 feet or more in one season, crowding out other plants and damaging landscaping.  And, not surprisingly, once it takes hold, it's very hard to eradicate.”

Unsure about how much of a problem Japanese Knotweed was across the community, Welch said she started looking for it. What she found raised serious concerns, she said.

“The first place I looked was Paradise Valley Park and, sure enough, there was a large stand of knotweed in front of Paradise School, and it was so dense, it blocked the view of the schoolhouse from the road,” Welch said. “Once I knew what to look for, I started seeing it everywhere: along Bailey’s Brook behind Shaw's and in Middletown Valley Park, at Third Beach near the boat ramp, around Green End Pond, and more. It often takes hold where soil has been disturbed by construction or road repairs, and it spreads particularly quickly along waterways.”


The more she looked into invasives, Welch said she came to understand that Japanese Knotweed was not the only plant the Town needed to be aware of. Speaking with some of those in the land preservation field, Welch said there was consensus and concern about invasives.


Among those include bittersweet, multiflora rose and knotweed crowd that out native species, spoil scenic views, damage landscaping  and can even harm structures such as walls and pavement.


“Other invasive plants that are prevalent on Aquidneck Island include Oriental Bittersweet, which can wrap around trees and eventual kill them; phragmites, which take over wetlands; and Multiflora Rose, which forms dense thickets, particularly in open fields,” Welch said. “Just because a plant is non-native doesn’t make it invasive, but ones that are particularly aggressive and negatively impact biodiversity, such as knotweed, fall into that category.  Rhode Island is currently the only state in New England that does not ban or even have an official list of invasive species, according to ecoRI News."


Document Link: https://www.middletownri.com/DocumentCenter/View/4464/nycu-invasives

####


Additional Info...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Town News and Updates

VIN-2

VIN Checks Update

Posted on: May 13, 2022
Dog Walking-2

Beach Dog Walking Reminder

Posted on: May 13, 2022
2022 host family

Host Families Needed

Posted on: May 13, 2022
Hallway-2

Visit The Hallway Of History

Posted on: May 17, 2022
DSC09431

Ready For The "Real World"

Posted on: May 16, 2022
DSC03360

Beach Parking Stickers Available

Posted on: May 10, 2022
Middletown Helps-5

Middletown Is Here To Help

Posted on: May 11, 2022
Get Boosted-7

Boost Up Against COVID-19

Posted on: May 11, 2022
On WINDY DAYS-2

Help Limit Messes On Trash Day

Posted on: May 9, 2022
DSC08416

"Where Am I?" Answer -- May 2022

Posted on: May 6, 2022
DSC09164

Financials Pointing Up

Posted on: May 9, 2022
When Driving Around Town-2

Slow Down Stay Safe

Posted on: May 10, 2022
DSC08989

Revised Budget Schedule Released

Posted on: May 3, 2022
Recycle Right-12

Recycle Right!

Posted on: May 5, 2022
DSC08416

Where Am I? -- May 2022

Posted on: May 4, 2022
Screen Shot 2022-05-02 at 11.46.12 AM

Fire Is Dark!

Posted on: May 9, 2022
Screen Shot 2022-05-02 at 11.43.17 AM

Fire Is Hot!

Posted on: May 4, 2022
IMG_0635

College Fair A Huge Success

Posted on: May 2, 2022
Scam-2

Scam Alert From Middletown Police

Posted on: April 29, 2022
Help-4

You're Never Alone

Posted on: May 3, 2022
STR Solutions-2

Short-Term Rental Solutions

Posted on: May 2, 2022
Town Council-6

Town Council Regular Meeting, May 2

Posted on: April 28, 2022
Get Boosted-5

Get Boosted

Posted on: April 28, 2022
May 2-2

May 2 Is Right Around The Corner

Posted on: April 27, 2022
Screen Shot 2022-04-26 at 10.08.55 AM

Have A Safety Plan

Posted on: April 27, 2022
IMG_7973

Live Fire Training

Posted on: April 26, 2022
keep-rhody-litter-free-2022

Litter-Free Rhody

Posted on: April 26, 2022
Making Middletown Look Good-3

"Making Middletown Marvelous"

Posted on: April 25, 2022
Dog License-7

Remember Your Dog's License

Posted on: April 25, 2022
Help-2

Help Is Here

Posted on: April 21, 2022
Mosquitos-2

Clean Up Dead Leaves

Posted on: April 20, 2022
Recycle Right-10

Recycle Right

Posted on: April 19, 2022
Jobs-2

Summer Beach Jobs Available

Posted on: April 18, 2022
DSC08078

Conflict Solved

Posted on: April 19, 2022
Aquidneck Island Earth Week Activities-2

Aquidneck Island Earth Week

Posted on: April 15, 2022
Looking For A Fun Summer Job Helping People-4

Public Safety Interns Sought

Posted on: April 14, 2022
Town Council-4

Town Council Meeting On April 18

Posted on: April 15, 2022
Image 4-12-22 at 1.32 PM

Senior Center Helps Out Again

Posted on: April 12, 2022
IMG_6994

Accident Takes Out Pole, Wires

Posted on: April 12, 2022

Have Your Say

Posted on: April 14, 2022
DSC06847

Unified Basketball Makes Memories

Posted on: April 11, 2022
Time Is Running Out-2

May 2 Is Almost Here

Posted on: April 8, 2022
Dog On The Beach-3

Dogs On The Beach?

Posted on: April 5, 2022
Dont Speed-3

Slow & Steady Wins The Race

Posted on: April 7, 2022
Screen Shot 2022-04-04 at 11.30.55 AM

Reduce Your Chances Of An Accident

Posted on: April 5, 2022

Social Media Policy

Posted on: April 4, 2022
DSC05214

"Where Am I?" Answer -- April 2022

Posted on: April 4, 2022
Town Council-3

Town Council Regular Meeting April 4

Posted on: April 1, 2022
STR-3

Register Your Short-Term Rental

Posted on: March 31, 2022
Recycle Right-8

"Recycle Right"

Posted on: March 31, 2022
DSC05214

Where Am I? -- April 2022

Posted on: April 1, 2022
safety_tips_dryer_fire_safety_spanish.506x253

Seguridad primero

Posted on: March 28, 2022
northernleopardfrog2

Northern Leopard Frog Survey Planned

Posted on: March 24, 2022
safety_tips_interconnected_smoke_alarms_spanish.506x253

Seguridad de alarmas de humo

Posted on: March 25, 2022
Screen Shot 2022-03-23 at 11.24.27 AM

Smoke Alarm Safety

Posted on: March 25, 2022
Rain-3

Keep Storm Drains Clear

Posted on: March 23, 2022
2022 Rain Barrel Graphics-02

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Posted on: March 23, 2022
Dog License-3

Don't Forget To License Your Dog

Posted on: March 22, 2022
New RIPTA Bus Route-2

RIPTA New Route Meeting Tonight At 6

Posted on: March 16, 2022
card-electricity-in-your-home1.1200x600 2

Never Mess With Electricity

Posted on: March 16, 2022
Recycle Right-3

Recycle Right

Posted on: March 15, 2022
ROAD-2

Pay Attention To The Road

Posted on: March 14, 2022
Screen Shot 2022-03-09 at 1.19.53 PM

Your Kids Are Paying Attention

Posted on: March 11, 2022
COVID-2

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Posted on: March 9, 2022
Beach-2

Beach Jobs Available

Posted on: March 8, 2022
DSC03144

"Where Am I?" Answer - March 2022

Posted on: March 7, 2022
Unknown

Painting Middletown Purple

Posted on: March 3, 2022
safety_tips_smoke_alarm_each_floor_spanish.506x253

Los detectores de humo salvan vidas

Posted on: March 3, 2022
safety_tips_smoke_alarm_each_floor.506x253

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Posted on: March 3, 2022
DSC02967

Where Am I? -- March 2022

Posted on: March 3, 2022
Recycle Right-2

Recycle Right

Posted on: March 3, 2022
GEA

NOTICE - Green End Avenue Road Work

Posted on: February 28, 2022
Library Closed

Library Closed

Posted on: February 25, 2022
DSC01646

Potential Flood Insurance Savings

Posted on: February 28, 2022
Hydrant

Don't Forget The Hydrant

Posted on: February 24, 2022
Free COVID-19-2

Free COVID-19 Tests

Posted on: February 24, 2022
CodeRED

Stay Up To Day With Middletown Emergencies

Posted on: February 24, 2022
Shovel

Remember To Shovel

Posted on: February 24, 2022
Carry Out What You Carry In

Carry Out What You Carry In

Posted on: March 2, 2022
COVID-19 Testing Here

COVID-19 Testing Here

Posted on: February 25, 2022
Storm Weather Updates

Local Storm & Weather Updates Here

Posted on: February 24, 2022
Problem Pothole-2

Pothole Problem?

Posted on: February 28, 2022
Looking To Turn Things Around

Solutions Here

Posted on: February 24, 2022
Clean Up

Clean Up After Your Pet

Posted on: February 24, 2022
Tiered Tax

Tiered Residential Tax Program Now Live

Posted on: February 22, 2022
SD

Storm Drains 101

Posted on: February 23, 2022
Looking For A Change

Middletown Is Hiring

Posted on: February 22, 2022
Downed Limb Flooding-2

Get Assistance At Middletown Helps

Posted on: February 18, 2022
ri-rebound-1080X1080_3

Rhode Island Is On The Rebound

Posted on: February 21, 2022
Get Vaccinated-2

Never Too Late To Vaccinate

Posted on: October 12, 2021
Windmill in Field

Create an Account

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Stay connected!

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Keep in Touch

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Website Personalization Now Available!

Posted on: November 22, 2016
File Town Work Requests

Town Work Request Done Easy

Posted on: February 24, 2022