The FUND for Lake George has started its third consecutive season of hand-harvesting work to control the invasive aquatic plant eurasian watermilfoil.
The FUND has contracted with Aquatic Invasive Management from Lake Placid to bring a large team of divers to work on hand-harvesting of milfoil. Lake George was one of the first lakes infested in the Adirondack Park with this invasive nuisance aquatic species in the late 1980s.
The FUND’s work is coordinated with the work of the Lake George Park Commission and operates under a permit from the Adirondack Park Agency. For the last 10 years the LGPC has managed a contract for control efforts with Lycott Environmental, Inc.
“We’re focusing this year on clearing the remaining dense EWM (eurasian watermilfoil) beds in Lake George and on surveying and clearing large geographic areas in the lake to ensure no other dense beds exist and to clear scattered plants and small beds. Between the FUND’s work and the ongoing work of the Lake George Park Commission, we’re hopeful that 2011 is the year we can really turn the corner with efforts to fully control EWM in Lake George” said Peter Bauer, executive director of the FUND for Lake George.
A crew completed work in mid-June to survey and clear EWM plants from dense beds and small beds in Dunham’s Bay, Harris Bay, Sandy Bay and Warner Bay at the south end of Lake George. Another crew is now working to survey large geographic areas on the lake to clear long stretches of scattered plants and small beds along shorelines and small bays.
“A series of long reaches have been mapped out for survey work to remove scattered plants and small beds and to identify other dense beds in the lake if there are any,” said Bauer. “This work will continue through July and August. In September we’ll bring in large crew to work on what remains of the dense beds in Huddle Bay and in Lake George village. Over 400,000 plants were removed from these dense beds in 2009 and 2010, which has helped to reduce their size.”
In 2009 and 2010 over 500,000 EWM were removed from the lake.
Eurasian watermilfoil is a submerged aquatic perennial that is considered an invasive plant. It was first found within Lake George in 1985.