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Corps of Engineers plans to clear plants from some Missouri River sandbars to create habitat

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PONCA, Nebraska — Workers will soon begin spraying herbicides on sandbars in the Missouri River to clear vegetation, so least terns and piping plovers can build nests.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the spraying work will begin after Labor Day on sandbars between Pickstown, South Dakota, and Ponca, Nebraska.

Only portions of sandbars that have vegetation on them will be sprayed with herbicides. About 100 acres of sandbars are expected to be treated.

And spraying will only be done when there is little wind and no rain in the immediate forecast.

The corps has been clearing vegetation from sandbars to create habitat for endangered or threatened species since 2012.

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