The Winnisquam Watershed Network (WWN) began implementing a lake-wide treatment program for the control of variable milfoil in Lake Winnisquam this week. Beginning with the Sunray Shores area in Belmont, Gilford-based Aqualogic Inc. will conduct approximately 25 days of diver-assisted harvesting to remove invasive milfoil from a number of locations along the lake shore this summer. This will be followed by a controlled herbicide application in September in areas with the densest infestation to be conducted by SOLitude Lake Management, Inc. of Shrewsbury MA.
The $45,500 program will be funded primarily through a grant to the WWN from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and local matches from the Towns of Meredith, Belmont, Tilton and Sanbornton and the City of Laconia. Several neighborhood associations and private donors have also contributed to the effort. The WWN is continuing to solicit donations. According to Lisa Eggleston, WWN President, management of the invasive milfoil in Lake Winnisquam has historically been very localized and some areas of infestation have not been treated since 2008. In order to significantly reduce the areas of infestation and prevent further spread of the invasive weed, WWN intends to conduct variable milfoil management on a consistent, long-term basis going forward. They have also recently implemented a Weed Watcher program in which trained volunteers monitor designated areas of the lakeshore to identify new invasive plants or animals early on so they can be more easily managed.
For more information on the milfoil management program or to make a donation please visit www.winnisquamwatershed.org.