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Comfort Lake Watershed District No Longer Budgeting for Eurasian Water Milfoil Fight
Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District managers were prioritizing use of undesignated monies, for projects that weren’t at the very top of the list, after having established most of the district’s work plan for 2018. .

Limnologist Steve McComas, Blue Water Science, and CL-FLWD staffer Mike Sorensen, explained why the District is not budgeting anything to address Eurasian Watermilfoil, on any of the district’s lakes in 2018. The staff’s per-acre cost estimate for 2018 for EWM treatment is $221 per acre.

Sorensen said research shows that CurlyLeaf Pondweed has more of a direct negative effect on water quality than does Eurasian Watermilfoil. Staff recommends using the district’s limited undesignated funds to perform projects impacting water quality.



 
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Larger Weed Harvester Expected to Improve Quality of Weed Removal - The town’s seven-foot-wide aquatic weed harvester — used to remove the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil from the lake — was purchased used in 2014 for $60,000. Since then, it has removed hundreds of metric tons of milfoil from the lake.


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