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Chemical Treatment Wiped Out Milfoil and All Other Aquatic Plants
The war against milfoil in Lake Sunnyside has largely been won — but at the cost of leaving the lake vulnerable to invasion from another plant.

Now, curly-leaf pondweed is taking over the lake, and stewards must fight that one too.

The problem was that milfoil occupied nearly all of the shoreline, the area where sunlight can reach the bottom of the lake, allowing aquatic plants to flourish.

Workers use chemicals that “wiped out” the milfoil but also all the other plants, said Protective Association of Lake Sunnyside board member Eric Sage.

“It devastated the fish population,” he said.

And it left a vacant area for other plants to use, he said. Another invasive species moved in quickly.



 
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Minnesota Extreme Cold Aids in the Fight Against Curly-Leaf Pondweed - A drawdown which began in September will expose the lakes bottom to a deep freeze cold enough to kill the pondweed which forms thick mats on the water surface. Because it is the first plant to come up in the spring, curly-leaf blocks light to more slowly growing native plants, and when it dies back at the end of July, it releases phosphorous, which promotes green algae growth.


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