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To the Valley News:

Dear Mr. Hammonds,

Your article entitled "Concern over invasive species: Fact or Fiction?" in the Sept. 15 Valley News was blatantly irresponsible and will erase years of education about invasives. You should publish a retraction.

Eurasian Watermilfoil takes over and totally clogs water less than 25 feet deep. While it may improve the fishing in a large and deep lake like Lake Champlain, provided the dock you launch from isn't totally clogged with milfoil, it will totally clog Adirondack waterways of less than 25 feet. This will make small lakes and waterways unusable for boating, fishing, swimming, and enjoyment, and will certainly have a negative effect on the economy. Even in deep lakes, docks on the shores can become unusable when totally clogged with the milfoil. I know because I have fished in lakes overtaken by these plants. You should check the facts before you publish.

Terry Silvester, Tupper Lake

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