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Environmental Caretaker Decides Duckweed Isn’t the Enemy
Jim Black, Assistant Superintendant at Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI.

It was the collection pond that I started to obsess over. It was the duckweed that would eventually take over the pond in the summer. Guests would come in and question me: “What are you going to do about all that algae?” Everyone just assumed it was algae because it was green and in the pond.

After failed attempts at riding the pond of the duckweed, I went down and sat on a little dock that was there to contemplate the situation. I watched as a fish jumped out of the water, splashing back in only to have the duckweed fill the re-entry spot.

My solution: I decided the duckweed was pretty. New perspective. Problem solved.

 
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Winter Drawdown Cause of Rapid Weed Growth - Swimming, boating, and fishing on the lake are prohibited for a 24-hour period after application, but using lake water to irrigate vegetable gardens or other food sources remains restricted for about thirty days after the initial treatment. According to state and federal environmental agencies, the substance is harmful if it’s swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. People and their pets should also avoid contact or breathing vapors or spray mist as it’s applied.


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