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Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), Watershed Education |

Eurasian Water Milfoil Manual Removal Tutorial

Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and other invasive species have become a severe issue in many Wisconsin water systems, and are of particular concern in Green Lake. In addition to the negative impacts EWM has upon the health of the lake, the plant is also difficult to remove. Mechanical harvesting may allow for passageway for boats and an increased aesthetic value, but it does not resolve the issue of EWM.

While many different approaches are being tested for the effective management of EWM, the only method that is lawful and can successfully eradicate small populations is hand removal.

Chris Hamerla, AIS Coordinator for Marquette and Green Lake Counties, and Paul Skawinski, AIS Education Specialist, worked in conjunction with UW Extension Lakes to produce an informational video about the manual removal process. Through several years of working with lake groups on EWM and other related issues, it became apparent there was a need for educational materials on the manual removal of EWM.

The video informs individuals who want take action but are unsure about where to start, what to do with the harvested EWM, and how to legally remove the plants. For more information about EWM manual removal, visit UW Extension Lakes, Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development, or stay updated on further developments through the Green Lake Association.