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Battle to Control Aquatic Plants Still Ongoing
At a crowded meeting of the Conservation Commission, the Water Commission found itself backed into a corner by ConsCom members who questioned its continued opposition to use of herbicides to combat a weed infestation of Baddacook Pond.

The Feb. 24 public hearing was held as part of the Great Ponds Advisory Committee's application to the Conservation Commission to use a herbicide called Sonar in Baddacook Pond to eliminate nonnative species of aquatic plants called milfoil and cabomba.

Water Commission Chairman Gary Hoglund stood by the memo issued by his board that demanded absolute proof of the safety of Sonar.

When asked by ConsCom Chairman John Smigelski if the commission did not trust the word of the EPA or DEP, Hoglund instead said that his commission would need the "unbiased advice" of an expert not connected with those groups or the town in any way.


 
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