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2018 Eurasian Water Milfoil Treatment

March 3, 2018

AIS Treatment Update.

 

The process has begun to get the permit approved for treatment of Eurasian Water Milfoil in 2018. As discussed at the August meeting, we are working with PLM for the permit application and treatment process. The contract with PLM is signed and the permit application has been submitted to the DNR. The next step in the process is to notify all landowners around the lake about the anticipated treatment schedule and the products being used. This notice will also contain the information needed for landowners who wish to opt out and not have any treatment done in front of their property. In order to opt-out, landowners can notify the lake association by mail or e-mail. Both of those addresses will be listed in the notice, which will be included at the end of this update.

 

In May, PLM will come out and do a survey of the aquatic vegetation in the lake and document where Eurasian Water Milfoil is found. PLM will recommend the areas to be treated based on the survey. The survey results and proposed treatment areas will be submitted to the DNR. The DNR will then approve or modify the proposed treatment plan and issue the permit. During the review process, the DNR might come out and do their own aquatic vegetation survey. Once the permit is approved, PLM will coordinate with the lake association and treat the lake. They expect to treat late June or early July depending on spring weather conditions. If it is not going to be treated until early July, they usually wait until after the 4th of July holiday.

 

During the August meeting, there was some concern about members contributing to the AIS fund and not having treatment done in front of their property. The purpose of the treatment program is to control Eurasian Water Milfoil to keep the lake enjoyable for all. The presence of Eurasian Water Milfoil can hamper the ability for boats and other watercraft to navigate all areas of the lake. By continuing to treat where Eurasian Water Milfoil is found in high concentration, we can stay ahead of the spread and keep the lake enjoyable for all users. It is important to stress that paying into the invasive species fund is done for the greater good of the lake and does not guarantee that your property will be treated. Lakes that are not treated become choked out by the end of summer making it difficult for recreation and fishing.

 

The results of the 2017 survey are located on the projects portion of the website. The survey shows the path of the boat, with a green dot marking every instance of Eurasian Water Milfoil found. The survey also shows the areas that were treated last year. As you can see, the treatment was completed on the areas with the highest concentration of Eurasian Water Milfoil. If anybody has any questions about treatment, or lack thereof, in front of their property, please contact me. PLM will share with me what aquatic vegetation is found in front of your property during the 2018 survey.

 

If you wish to have treatment done in front of your property regardless of what is found, there are options available to you. You can contract with PLM for a personal property treatment. This entails PLM applying for an individual permit and then treating your property twice a summer. The approximate cost of this is around $600. Another option is applying for an individual permit from the DNR on your own and then treating in front of your property. The permit costs $35, and the cost of treating would be dependent on what chemicals are used. An individual permit usually allows you to treat half of your shoreline, up to 75ft wide, and out to 100ft from shore. If you have any questions about this process, please e-mail me and I will try to help you out the best I can. This is the process that I used last year in front of my property.

 

I hope that this has helped give a clearer picture of what the lake association is trying to accomplish with the treatment of Eurasian Water Milfoil. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns that you may have. The lake association email address is french_lake@yahoo.com

 

NOTICE

French Lake Improvement Association

P.O. Box 111

Annandale, MN 55302

 

 

The French Lake Improvement Association has contracted to treat Eurasian Water Milfoil, an Aquatic Invasive Species in French Lake in 2018.

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted to the French Lake Improvement Association a waiver of the requirement that the Improvement Association obtain the signatures of approval of owners of lakeshore property.  Instead, the French Lake Improvement Association will notify property owners of the treatment through alternate forms. This notice is one form that the French Lake Improvement Association is using to notify property owners. Other forms may include but are not limited to notification through the associations email list, website, annual newsletter and or meeting.

 

With regard to the treatment for this year, 2018:

 

1.       The proposed date for treatment:  June 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018

 

2.       The target species for the treatment:  Eurasian Water Milfoil

 

3.       The method of control or product being used: EPA and MDA registered aquatic herbicides, such as but not limited to Liquid 2,4-D, Granular 2,4-D, Granular Triclopyr

 

4.       How landowners may request that control not occur adjacent to the landowner's property: If you desire that the treatment of Eurasian Water Milfoil not occur adjacent to your property, please notify the French Lake Improvement Association immediately at the following address and email address below:

 

French Lake Improvement Association

P.O. Box 111

Annandale, MN 55302

french_lake@yahoo.com

 

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