Could climate change shift the conversation on this invasive species?

High school students volunteering with Mobilize Green harvest the invasive Phragmites reed at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum on February 8, 2020. The harvesting session, called Phrag Fest, kicks off an ecological art project by artist Sarah Kavage (not pictured). (Rachel Wisniewski for WHYY)

[This article was originally published by WHYY in partnership with The Delaware News Journal.]

On some summer mornings during Delaware’s prime beach season, Todd Fritchman can be spotted running along the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean or coaching squads of Baywatch look-a-likes on rip currents and rescues in Dewey Beach.

But when his towel is hanging up for the day, he might be found waging a war that’s decades in the making against one of the region’s most invasive coastal species.

And no, they’re not tourists.

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