THIS IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO SQUASH LAKE NOW THAT WE HAVE FOUND EURASIAN WATER-MILFOIL!!!!!!!!
What is Eurasian Water-milfoil?
EWM halts recreational activities on water bodies by forming mats on the water surface, and alter aquatic ecosystems by displacing native plants.
What can be done to prevent the spread of Eurasian water-milfoil?
Milfoil is spread from one body of water to another primarily by the introduction of plant fragments. A milfoil fragment only a few inches long can form roots and grow into a new plant. The most important action that you can take to limit the spread of milfoil and other aquatic invasive plants is to remove all vegetation from your watercraft before you move it from one body of water to another.
Here is where I found it.
Tuesday evening I found a suspicious looking weed floating by our pier. As I pulled it from the water, my heart sank as it looked very much like Eurasian Water-milfoil (EWM). I took it to the house, put it in a zip-lock bag, filled it with water and compared it to all of my EWM resources, but I was still uncertain if it was EWM or the Native Water Milfoil.
The next morning I took the water-filled zip lock bag into the DNR service station and DNR employee Laura Herman inspected the plant very closely and stated that she was about 90% certain that it was Eurasian. Laura is going to Madison next week and will take the plant with her to the state lab for positive identification and will then notify me of the results. I’ll tell you, I was impressed at how fast the folks at the DNR office move to get an aquatic invasive plant identified as this is as serious of a concern for them as it is for us.
Laura instructed me to:
• Search the lake and if we find anything suspicious for EWM we are to turn it into the DRN or any Aquatic Invasive Species official.
• If we find anything we are to pull it out BY THE ROOTS and get as much of the roots as possible.
• Be careful not to break any6 pieces off because a 1 inch piece can root and start an infestation.
• We are to mark the exact location of where the EWM was fond by either marking the exact spot with a brick, GPS, or any other kind of marker that you can come up with.
• Why are we to make the area: because the DNR will need to check that area for the next several years for further EWM.
In addition, Marj Mehring and I were working at the boat landing last night (inspecting watercrafts for aquatic invasive species) and we found another possible EWM and this time it was on the beach.
Please look at the attachments of EWM information and become familiar with it. If you have questions, please ask.
Stephanie Boismenue, 6981 Long Lake Road