West Point's Waterfront Views Under Attack

Phragmites has even spread to drainage ditches (tidewaterreview.com).

Phragmites has even spread to drainage ditches (tidewaterreview.com).

     VA – Phragmites is threatening to choke out West Point's waterfront views one by one, and local residents want town leaders to do something about it. "If something isn't done about it soon, we're going to lose the uniqueness of the town," said Bill Crawley, local resident. And aesthetics aren't the only concern, "It can displace about 20 to 25 species of native plants in an acre of fresh tidal marsh, offering very little wildlife habitat benefits," said Rick Meyers, natural heritage stewardship manager at the Virginia Department of Conservation. Local testimony has highlighted this loss of diversity, one town member stated to the council, "[Waterfowl and other wildlife] are gone and will not return unless we deal with the phragmites."