Proposed Milfoil Treatment – Summer 2013

Our State permit requires that we make plans for next summer’s milfoil treatment while the lake is still covered with ice.   So in the end of January we met with representatives of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation, including the Administrator of the Aquatic Nuisance Control Permit Program.  We talked about the condition of the lake, looking at last fall’s situation and speculating about the coming summer.

Also present at that meeting were representatives of Lycott Environmental, Inc., the company with whom we contract for milfoil control services.  The Lake Fairlee Association board believes that herbicide treatment is the most cost effective way to control the milfoil in our lake.  On the other hand, our State permit mandates that herbicide be used as an integrated part of a multi modal plan.

The State only allows the use of herbicide where the milfoil growth is moderate or dense.  So the program we presented to the State looked much like the previous map:

In 2012 our planned treatment was foiled by the last minute discovery of a rare plant near the mouth of Middle Brook.  See LINK.  We prepared this graphic to show the range and extent of both the mermaid weed and the milfoil.

In 2012 the State would have let us proceed with the herbicide treatment if we had erected an expensive and cumbersome barrier between the treatment area and the shallows where the mermaid weed grows. We wanted permission to proceed this year without a barrier, arguing that the mermaid weed survived the 2010 treatment and flourished.

Based on our conversations Lycott would prepare and submit a treatment plan.  Our answer would wait for the necessary review process.  Meanwhile we had other work to do.