MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- It's a problem in Connecticut that many may not even know about: a special kind of bamboo that grows fast and can literally take over open spaces. If you have the plant, you can get in trouble.
A new law will soon cost you if the plant does damage off your property.
"You're dealing with an 8" circumference, you're dealing with some thick bamboo," said Caryn Rickel, Institute of Invasive Research. "It will take your septic out, it will break your foundation, your real estate will have no value, you cannot cut it and try to sell it."
Dozens of municipal tree wardens and zoning officials were present at a seminar on how to spot the so-called running bamboo.
New laws allow them to take action if the plant is not contained.
"But because of the problems with bamboo spreading into people's lawns, growing up through sidewalks, growing through sheds, it's actually causing a considerable amount of property damage," said Bill Hyatt, DEEP, "the legislature passed a new law this past session."
Now folks are learning how to spot the bamboo that falls under the law and when they should issue that $100 a day fine. However, some folks are questioning can it really be enforced??
"It doesn't make sense it's just completely unenforceable, totally unenforceable," said Joseph Mingo, East Lyme Deputy Tree Warden.
The law does not prohibit planting Phyllostachys or running bamboo, but as of October 1st it does require retailers, gardening centers and installers to inform customers of the new containment rules.
Click here to find out how the new law regulates the planting and sale of running bamboo.
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