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Lake Weeds Becoming Increasingly Problematic
The ongoing battle against aquatic weeds on Kenosha County’s inland lakes is getting tougher as one of the most invasive species is developing an herbicide-resistant strain and ongoing drought changes the landscape of the lakes.

Managing weeds growth on lakes is the primary focus of the associations that work to care for inland lakes like Camp Lake and Paddock Lake. Without artificial controls, the lake weeds — especially invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil — spread in thick mats, making it difficult for boats to move through the water.

Some lakes use mechanical harvesters to cut weeds and haul them away. In Paddock Lake, Administrator Tim Popanda said, a two-man crew works on a mechanical weed harvester five days a week throughout the summer to try to keep weeds in check.

Popanda said when they began the annual harvest in May, the situation was already a bit out of control. “There wasn’t any snow cover on the lake last year, and the ice went out early. We really had spring arrive in March,” Popanda said. “So by the time we started harvesting, the weeds were just unbelieveable.”

He said the village hauled 280 truckloads — an estimated 2.2 million pounds of weeds — away to be composted.

 
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$100,000 Grant will Aid in the Fight to Eradicate Eurasian Milfoil - Eurasian milfoil, originally native to parts of Eurasia and North Africa, is now found in waterways across New York, including Black Lake, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The weed’s stems can grow up to 10 feet in length, and its green feathery leaves routinely gum up shorelines, can choke out the habitat of native plants and fish and are blamed by some for ruining overall water quality.


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