Milfoil in Long Lake


What happened!?

    On August 1st LEA staff visited Mast Cove  and found milfoil. We were acting on a tip from an angler who mentioned  the situation to one of LEA's Courtesy Boat Inspectors. The patch he described was about 4 miles south of the public boat launch in Bridgton.  Upon arrival we discovered very mature plants with some producing  flowers. 

      The next day two staff from the Maine Department of Environmental  Protection joined LEA for an inspection of the site. They confirmed that  we had Variable Leaf Watermilfoil and we started formulating a plan.  The first step was to ask the boaters using the marina to remove plants  when leaving the launch and when entering Long Lake. The DEP provided  signs to place at the launch as a reminder. The second step was to get  in there and start working. 


What are we doing?

 Less than a week after the discovery we had a  full plant control crew working in Mast Cove to suppress the  infestation. The team that has worked so hard in Sebago Cove all summer  is spending this week diving, laying tarps, and surveying the area. This  is hard work but they are up for the challenge. Thanks to Tommy  Chagrasulis, Derek Douglass, Abe Wiblin, Andrew Ferris, Lucien Sulloway,  and Christian Oren for switching gears so quickly. 

      Crew members are using the DASH -  (Diver Assisted Suction Harvester)      The primary goal is to  reduce the amount of plant matter at the surface of the water. With boats still docked at the marina it is critical that we reduce the chances that a propeller will produce more fragments. The crew is also laying  down tarps in order to block the plants from getting sun. A survey of  the area on Wednesday revealed a few more patches of milfoil further into the cove. See details about how you can help survey below.



Abe scouting for fragments

This leads to the last option for help. On Tuesday, August 15th  we will be conducting a survey of the southern basin of Long Lake. We will cover as much lake as possible looking for more patches of milfoil.  We hope that we don't find any but it's better to know now so we can  create an action plan. If you would like to join us please meet at the  Naples Town Beach at 8am on August 15th. Please bring snorkeling gear and/or a kayak. Remember to bring life jackets. There will be  further opportunities to help with this project so stay tuned!