Update on Milfoil Activity and Upcoming Events

Hello Members and Friends,

In this update, I’m going to give you:

  • Highlights of 4th of July weekend.
  • Milfoil performance from July 1 – 10.
  • Updates on upcoming events.

The Independence Day Celebrations were amazing despite the inclement weather. The traditional boat parade was launched with flare and festive trimmings, including what appeared to me as remembrance of 9/11 and the Twin Towers. Plus four water-skiers behind one boat making a lap around the entire lake! Wow, what stamina and endurance! Then of course the barrage of Fireworks lighting up the sky during the rain on 4th and Keewaydin’s usual splendid display on the 5th.

Over the last two weeks, the milfoil operations improved to an average of 2.4 harvesters per work day and 21.6 hours of pulling per work day. This translates to approximately 60% availability, despite the holiday and several days of thunder and lightning.

However, there has been an explosion of milfoil growth with the warmer weather and there are numerous places where plants are laying on the surface. As described at the annual meeting, we’re trying to address this through a combination of continued pulling and our new isolation program, to keep boat activity from the worst areas, to help mitigate the spread. On a brighter note, a recent survey of Fern Lake showed a substantial decrease in the milfoil growth there!

Remember there’s a lot of of us can do to help control milfoil. Two key suggestions are gathering frags when you’re out kayaking, especially down wind from the harvesters, and cleaning up frags that float on your shoreline. Also, an industrious group of our neighbors are organizing Milfoil Monday and other kayaking frag gathering events (including one in the north cove earlier today). Please contact Jenny Mullen at mjenny6 or 352-9096. Also, please keep track of your hours spent collecting, since it will help us in our grant writing.

Some upcoming events:

  • Tomorrow, July 18th, 7-9 AM loon counting event – contact Mike Korkuc korkuc for more information.
  • Tuesday, July 21st 3:30 pm ā€“ Presentation on Shoreland Protection Regulations by the Department of Environmental Conservation at Branbury State Park.
  • Saturday, August 1st, 12:30 pm – The 1st Annual Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association GOLF TOURNAMENT at Neshobe Golf Club. to help build community! Fun 18-hole Scramble, so even novices can participate! For more information contact Jeff Benton at jeffbenton561

Thank you for all the responses I received from my previous update. I really appreciate all the membership engagement and ideas! We’ll continue to work toward incorporating your suggestions, as best we can. Let me know if you have any further comments or suggestions!

Best Regards ā€“ Chip Paison, President of the LDFLA

Below is map showing the number of days spent harvesting milfoil on different locations on Lake Dunmore from July 1st-July 10th. In that same time period, BLANK days were spent on harvesting on Fern Lake. In addition, Cabell Hatfield spent 6 days hand harvesting milfoil in the North Cove! Thanks!

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