The photo above is not our lake. However, it could be if we are not vigilant.
The hand pulling and mesh bagging system used by the Yoders is the best method to contain the spread of milfoil at this level The Yoders believe this method is sufficient at this time. If the spread of milfoil gets out of control, as it has on some other lakes, other options may need to be considered, such as suction harvesting or the use of herbicides, neither of which we wish to use if at all possible. The Lake Rescue Association has received grant funding from the state of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for the past several years to help fund these efforts. See the 2018 Final Report here. In 2019, efforts will include the placement of bottom barriers on the milfoil "hot spots" in the lake to kill the vegative growth underneath them, allowing the divers to focus on other areas.
It was estimated that In 2014, 55% of Vermont lakes have some type of aquatic invasive species and the state feels that educating boaters about the transporting of these ‘invaders’ is the best method of prevention. LRA participates in this Vermont Public Access Greeter Program. Trained volunteers greet boaters at the Fishing Access boat launch and check boats for foreign plant material, educate boaters about inspecting and cleaning their boats, and provide information about milfoil-infested areas to avoid.
No Boating Zones
Since milfoil can regenerate from any parts of the plant that break off, boats passing through milfoil can easily contribute to the spread of this scourge. Creating a “no boating” zone, particularly for the “hot spots” in Round Pond, and which requires a state permit, is an option that may be employed if needed.
LRA reports on the status of milfoil in each newsletter, in specific email communications, through the Greeter Program, and through our So You Live on a Lake handbook. If you have idea s on increasing these efforts, let us know. And please help us spread the word – public awareness and individual efforts are essential in curtailing the spread of this plant.
If you see a plant resembling milfoil, DO NOT try to remove it. Milfoil must be removed in a specific way to ensure roots are included and fragments don’t break loose. Rather, email us right away with the location at firstname.lastname@example.org.