WASHINGTON LAKE DISTRICT: Washington Lake Long Term EWM Control Project


The Washington Lake District proposes to implement elements from its 2005Aquatic Plant Management Plan to control Eurasian water-milfoil (EWM) and other invasive aquatic plants during the period 2006 - 2008. The project elements and deliverables are specified in the Washington Lake District's Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grant application, dated July 17, 2005. The project includes conducting annual aquatic plant surveys and mapping the extent of EWM, hybridized EWM and curly-leaf pondweed (CLP); controlling EWM and CLP infested areas with aquatic herbicide treatments and/or through hand-pulling; conducting bio-control of purple loosestrife with Galerucella beetles; planting native pondweed and rush species in treated areas; and conducting volunteer activities to prevent further aquatic invasive species (AIS) infestations, including distributing educational materials to lake users, conducting watercraft inspections, posting/maintaining informational signs at public access points, monitoring for zebra mussels and publishing educational announcements directed at preventing the spread of AIS in a local newspaper. Annual progress reports and a final report summarizing the three-year project will be provided to DNR. The final report will include an update to the Washington Lake Aquatic Plant Management Plan. If consultant is to provide the final report, it is recommended the Grantee provide the DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. DNR to receive both paper and electronic .pdf copies of the final report along with, or prior to, submission of grantee's final payment request.

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