On july 23rd and 24th weekend divers from Lycott came to remove the milfoil growth that had been identified in June. They located and hand pulled individual plants from locations near Camp Aloha Hive and Camp Lochearn. They also identified an area or about 2500 square feet near where Middle Brook flows into the lake where the milfoil growth is dense enough to warrant using bottom barriers. After determining that this would be the most cost effective way to proceed, we engaged Lycott to install bottom barriers to completely cover this patch.
Lycott has prepared and submitted a permit application to the State, and will send notifications to abutting landowners as required. Once we receive approval from the State, Lycott’s divers will perform the work, probably in the first half of August. We are still planning to have them return again nearer the end of the summer. Then they will swim the entire perimeter looking for milfoil and removing any they find.
The following satellite photo shows the portion of the lake near the mouth of Middle Brook.
The area of milfoil to be treated is indicated in red. Above it you can see the mouth of Middle Brook, which meanders down from the top of the photo. Camp Billings is at the lower left, the Horizons docks stick into the lake right of center, and the state fishing access is at the wide part of the paved road to the right. Click on the photo for a larger image.
[if you look closely you can see that Camp Billings has mowed their initials into their field on the northwest side of the road — perhaps for the benefit of the frequent balloons that fly over from the Post Mills Airport]
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The following enlargement shows the shape and extent of the milfoil patch more clearly. It is about 33 feet by 80 feet. The Lycott divers use software which collects their GPS locations and maps them onto Google Earth, which then shows the area in context. If you are so inclined you can download the KML data here.