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$100,000 Grant will Aid in the Fight to Eradicate Eurasian Milfoil
A decade’s long fight to eradicate an invasive weed species known as Eurasian milfoil at St. Lawrence County’s Black Lake will be aided by a $100,000 grant secured by state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton.

Eurasian milfoil, originally native to parts of Eurasia and North Africa, is now found in waterways across New York, including Black Lake, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The weed’s stems can grow up to 10 feet in length, and its green feathery leaves routinely gum up shorelines, can choke out the habitat of native plants and fish and are blamed by some for ruining overall water quality.

Black Lake, the largest lake in St. Lawrence County, encompasses some 11,000 acres and stretches 20 miles from the Indian River to the St. Lawrence River.

Philip J. Trivilino, a member of the Black Lake Fish and Game Association, said the $100,000 grant will be welcome news for those whose businesses are directly affected by the milfoil invasion. However, he said, the Fish and Game Association as a whole has a more moderate view regarding Eurasian milfoil.
“We are a little on the neutral side,” Mr. Trivilino said. “I’m not against weed control, but the weed’s been there a long time, about 20 years at least. This year they weren’t so bad.”

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