The boat is in and the milfoil is coming out!
On Monday, August 8, AB Aquatics, the company the Lake Iroquois Association (LIA) has contracted to do this work, began Diver-Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) of milfoil on Lake Iroquois. They are working to clear the channel at the fishing access so that boats entering the lake will not break up the milfoil, thereby spreading it further into the lake. AB Aquatics will be working on the for at least two weeks.
If you are out on the lake, wave to the crew but please keep your distance. The crew asks that you not try to talk with them while they are working. They can’t really hear you very well and for safety reasons they need to stay focused on the work. Remember also that there is a diver submerged working near the boat so make sure to maintain a 200 foot distance. However, if you would like to talk with the crew they expect to be unloading at the fishing access around 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon.
This method will not completely solve the milfoil problem. Rather it is a part of a many-pronged effort to reduce and manage this invasive. Among the other activities aimed at enhancing and maintaining the health of Lake Iroquois are our Greeter Program in which boats entering and leaving the lake are checked for invasives and cleaned, if necessary; projects to reduce nutrients entering the lake (which feeds the growth of milfoil) by mitigating nutrient-laden runoff; education of lakeshore property owners and lake users in best management practices; creation of no-mow zones and riparian buffers to prevent nutrient runoff into the lake; and monitoring and stream remediation to reduce sediment and nutrients carried into the lake via its tributaries. Most of all, your help and support (financial and/or volunteering time) will make a difference in protecting and enhancing this wonderful resource.
For more information: www.lakeiroquois.org