Milfoil is an exotic aquatic plant first seen in the Northeastern United States in 2007.
It has spread to 38 waterbodies in NH alone...
The infestation of milfoil in New England's lakes and ponds is the biggest threat to our waters and could cost millions of dollars in reduced property taxes, removal expenses and lost tourism dollars. Heavy plant growth causes entanglement of boats and motors in thick weed beds, causes problems for fishermen, and represents a nuisance and potential danger to swimmers.
Recreationalists who enjoy the waters the most are the most likely cause of the spread of milfoil. The plant can break apart easily due to wave action caused by boaters, swimmers, fishermen and other animals. Once these fragments settle to the bottom of the water, they take over and will grow to the surface of the water.
diver and owner of New England Milfoil, Cliff Cabral, and his team of certified divers have a combined 40 years of commercial diving experience. They have spent hundreds of hours under water
hand-pulling tons of milfoil from area
lakes and ponds. The plant is uprooted, placed in bags, loaded into boats and hauled away. In 2008, New England Milfoil purchased a suction harvester which has proven
to be tremendously effective at removing particularly dense patches.(see photos)
Working with groups such as the Ossipee Lake Alliance and the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection,
the towns of Raymond ME, and Conway, Freedom and Ossipee NH, New England Milfoil has created alliances to reduce the amount of milfoil present.
"This has been a true success story for our marina. Prior to this work, there were no fish in our lagoon andnow the kids fish there every weekend. The bass, crappy and pickerel are back and our marina is clean.
It also feels great to know we are doing our part to not only stop spreading the plant
but also remove it from our marina. I would recommend anyone interested in variable milfoil removal
to utilize Cliff and his dive team for this work. Cliff has been vital to our success in his ability to work with
groups to educate them and his team’s work ethic has been outstanding." -Jordan River Marina Condominium Association, Raymond, ME
|How does milfoil infest other sections of a lake or pond?
Boat propellers will chop up pieces of the milfoil plant. These pieces or plant fragments float on the surface, and are at the mercy of the wind and lake currents. In a short period of time roots are formed on the cut portion of the plant. If washed to shore, these plants eventually take hold, creating a new colony of milfoil.
Wikipedia, Definition MILFOIL :
Myriophyllum (water milfoil) is a genus of about 45 species of freshwater aquatic plants, with a cosmopolitan distribution. Its name comes from Greek, "myri" meaning "too many to count", and "phyll", meaning "leaf".
These submersed aquatic plants have whorled leaves that are finely, pinnately divided. The leaves above the water are stiffer and smaller than the submerged leaves on the same plant. The flowers are small with four petals and are borne in the leaf axils or in a terminal, emergent spike.