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Towns Struggle with Aquatic Invasive Plants
An explosion of water chestnut is starting to choke the Sudbury River to the point it’s nearly impossible to take a boat out.

While water chestnuts plague the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers, Eurasian watermilfoil is thriving in some other local water bodies. Milford spends about $10,000 a year to have a contractor treat Louisa Lake with an aquatic herbicide and Westborough has used the same technique, but don’t see an end to the problem in sight.

The herbicide treatment in late spring wipes out the milfoil, but come fall it has grown back. Wayland’s Heard Pond aquatic plant harvester has made a huge difference over the past 10 years. In 2003, crews pulled 1.2 million pounds of water chestnut from the pond and over the years the haul has drastically dropped to 240 pounds collected in 2013.

 
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Watercraft Inspectors Protecting Against Aquatic Invasive Species - Lake goers can expect to see a larger presence of watercraft inspectors this summer. The Otter Tail County Board approved the hiring of 30 positions for watercraft inspectors for 2018. The Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force will be doing what they can to fill these positions and prevent the spread of invasive species in the county lakes and rivers.


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