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Dear Collins Pond members:
This is the device I created to help collect floating milfoil. It’s 2 donut floats tied 3x together with one tie having extra slack to tie onto a boat/kayak. the ring must be bigger than the hole so it doesn’t go thru the hole but not too big that the onion bag can’t get over the ring. It’s sturdy but slightly bendable. the ring is a hose found in plumbing sections of stores. it’s connected with a coupler. the onion bag goes over the ring. tighten the string on the onion bag over the ring slightly (about an inch) so it won’t slide off the ring.
You may have to shove the milfoil down the hole if it piles up. once filled, slide the onion bag off the ring, because the hose is slightly bendable helps get it off the ring. A net might be needed over the bottom donut float so if the onion bag gets too full the net helps prevent it from going thru the hole.
After five years of research and action, the Maine Milfoil Initiative—a collaboration between Saint Joseph’s College and several Maine lakes associations and volunteer groups—has culminated their work with the publication of the Maine Citizens’ Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plant Management. This is a nuts-and-bolts guide for lake groups and citizens on how to develop a management program to stop the proliferation of non-native variable-leaf milfoil and other invasive aquatic plants.
Maine Public Broadcasting Network Reports on how Pleasant Lake in Casco has had success in doing so…
Milfoil Eradicated From Maine Lake
10/06/2010 11:32 AM ET
Pleasant Lake in Casco has now been declared free of variable-leaf milfoil after a multi-year eradication effort, state officials say
The number of Maine lakes invested with invasive plants has now been reduced by one. State Department of Environmental Protection officials say an invasion of variable-leaf milfoil in Pleasant Lake has now been fully eradicated.
Andrew Fisk of the DEP’s Bureau of Land and Water Quality credits
volunteers for playing a key role in getting rid of the persistent,
fast-growing aquatic plant. “The Pleasant Lake/Parker Pond Association undertook a multi-year, methodical program of hand-pulling plants and laying barriers along the pond bottom,” he says.
The milfoil first appeared in Pleasant Lake in 2001. The only other
water body that’s been successfully cleared of milfoil was Great East Lake in Acton in 2006, where volunteers removed some milfoil before it managed to take hold.
Thirty-three Maine lakes remain on the list of water bodies infested
with invasive plants, Fisk says.
In order to ensure that Collins Pond can continue to fund the milfoil program, the Association has launched the “Get Rid of Milfoil” campaign. To learn more how you can help us go to our Campaign page…click here