Residents asked to help "scout" for milfoil

SCHROON LAKE The East Shore Schroon Lake and the Schroon Lake Association have started a milfoil scout program. The groups are asking lakefront property owners to observe the lake this summer in search of milfoil, an invasive plant species. Hopefully, many of you who own shore front property on Schroon Lake and/or Schroon River, have heard about the invasive aquatic weed called Eurasian Watermilfoil, which has invaded the Lake and river system, said John Huston, who is helping initiate the program. It has been in many area lakes for years, and creates problems for swimming, boating and fishing. An effective way to combat this weed, is through early detection before it spreads and can be nipped in the bud, he said. We are asking each shoreline property owner to be a scout and survey your waterfront out to about 15 feet depth at least twice during the summer months at low water, and see if you suspect milfoil, Huston said. We ask you to mark it and report it to the designated person, who in turn will report to the dive team etc. for harvesting. There will be meetings and training sessions concerning weed identification and how to mark weed locations. People are asked to call Huston at 532-9745 (Email: info@newyorktroutfishing.com) if they live in Essex County or Jim Lynch at 532-7012 if the live in Warren County to participate in the program.

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