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Hand Harvesting Of Eurasian Water Milfoil To Begin On Eagle Chain

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Portions of three lakes this season will have hand harvesting of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) according to information from the Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Commission.  The affected area is composed of seven acres.

EWM is an invasive that can cause dense matting preventing boating and swimming and crowds out native plants. “These areas will be treated by diver assisted sunction harvesting (DASH),” Commission member Dave Mueller said. “We tried hand harvesting by snorkling in 2017 with mixed results and we used DASH in 2018 with better results.”

A four acre area of Watersmeet Lake remains the worst with surface matting according to Mueller who indicated “about 400 pounds of material was removed last year but it didn't appear to have an impact.”

Watersmeet Lake will again be targeted along with two areas of Scattering Rice Lake where there are scattered patches and one area of Yellow Birch Lake.

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