|This is not our lake but it is Milfoil infestation|
Lake Management hosted the Clark Aquatics presentation of March 14th. Some sounded good, other aspects were disappointing.
Weather permitting the first application will be at the end of April or beginning of May. It will be in two parts, half the 104 acres coverage first then the other half later. Assurances were given that they would treat the close shoreline, not only the easy to treat deeper water. They will be using Dyquat, the same chemical we have been using in-house. Dyquat is being used because they have not yet determined the genetic structure of the Milfoil and until that is accomplished.. and that will take weeks in a lab.... they don't know what will be best for our specific type, (probably hybrid).
We were forewarned to be patient, this will be a long term thing and as the weeds die they will be fertilizer for algae, meaning probably serious algae blooms. Bottom lining this, we will be paying for these treatments for many years to come. This first treatment if memory serves was $40,000.00 (around $17.00 of each of your dues) and as I said, much more to come. We have no choice if we want the lake usable.
The Milfoil was brought into our lake most probably by a boat carrying some from another lake. It spreads like wildfire. Our current infestation took about two years and we are packed with it. Any part of the plant that is cut from the main stalk will re-root and grow a new plant. This is terrible stuff! It reminds me of the way Creeping Charlie spreads in a lawn.
Clark has worked on several other lakes, including Lake Carroll, which is another association based lake in Carroll County.
The way these association expenses keep mounting it makes me feel like throwing up my arms and saying "I give up!"