A collection of bulrushes, cattails and cane covers about 65% of the river, which was rehydrated in 2006. Although the river has water and wildlife once again, the tules block portions of the river and hinder recreational activities.
The largest river restoration ever attempted in the West — intended to support a cornucopia of wildlife and outdoor activities — has left a 62-mile stretch of the Lower Owens so overrun with cattails, cane and bulrushes that it may take decades to bring them under control.
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