After years of unsuccessful attempts of removing the invasive species milfoil from Minerva Lake, it seems that the newest method known as “DASH” (Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting) is showing positive results.
Last month, we wrote about the introduction of a new method to combat the aquatic invasive species in Minerva Lake. We are happy to report that the DASH method, which involves suctioning the aquatic invaders from the bottom of the lake, is a resounding success.
Recently, Aqualogic Inc. – the firm conducting the weed removal – reported to Sun Community News that more than 14,000 gallons of milfoil had been removed so far. This quantity is likely even greater now.
“I check it out daily,” Town Supervisor Steve McNally told Sun Community News. “Every other day we haul out a full one-ton dump truck.” The town has been so pleased with the result that the project has been extended from 30 to 70 days.
This is the first time the DASH Method has been approved by the Adirondack Park Authority, and success in Minerva Lake could open the door to its use in other bodies of water impacted by invasive species.
Local gardening clubs will be using the harvested plant materials for compost purposes.
- Sun Community News – Minerva lake milfoil removal successful