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by Cassie Klapp – Feb. 22, 2012 05:11 PM
The Arizona Republic- 12 News Breaking News Team

“Floating islands of vegetation” in Saguaro Lake are posing a danger to boaters during low-light hours of the day, the Mesa Ranger District said.

Native vegetation called “bulbrush” and “rush” are mysteriously breaking away from shore in clumps, said Recreation Staff Officer Jason Scow. Another non-native plant, “giant reed” also thrives in a moist environment and is part of the floating vegetation problem.

The masses are difficult to see during sunrise and sunset and could be dangerous if a speeding boater were to hit one of the larger ones, said Scow.

Scow told boaters to “be alert and take the necessary precautions.”

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Saguaro Lake boaters warned of 'floating islands' hazard

Feb 242012

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Islands made out thick, tall reeds are surfacing on Saguaro Lake, northeast of Phoenix, creating hazardous conditions for boaters.

The U.S. Forest Service says the islands vary in size and are visible in the daylight — but are harder to see when the sun goes down.

The islands appeared recently and were seen floating around the boat ramp and the marina.

Mesa Ranger District spokesman Jason Scow says crews are trying to drag the islands to the shoreline, but it's not easy, because the lake level rises and falls. That pulls the islands back in the water.

Scow says that none of the other Salt River lakes above Saguaro Lake have any floating islands.

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Islands Surface on Saguaro Lake

MESA, AZ (AP) –

Islands made out of thick, tall reeds are surfacing on Saguaro Lake northeast of Phoenix creating hazardous conditions for boaters. The U.S. Forest Service says the islands vary in size and are visible in the daylight but are harder to see when the sun goes down.

The islands appeared recently and were seen floating around the boat ramp and the marina.

Mesa Ranger District spokesman Jason Scow says crews are trying to drag the islands to the shoreline, but it's not easy because the lake level rises and falls and the islands get pulled back in the water.

Scow says that none of the other Salt River lakes above Saguaro Lake have any floating islands.

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Islands surface on Saguaro Lake, create hazards

MESA, Ariz. (AP) – Islands made out thick, tall reeds are surfacing on Saguaro Lake northeast of Phoenix creating hazardous conditions for boaters. The U.S. Forest Service says the islands vary in size and are visible in the daylight but are harder to see when the sun goes down.

The islands appeared recently and were seen floating around the boat ramp and the marina.

Mesa Ranger District spokesman Jason Scow says crews are trying to drag the islands to the shoreline, but it's not easy because the lake level rises and falls and the islands get pulled back in the water.

Scow says that none of the other Salt River lakes above Saguaro Lake have any floating islands.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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