LUDLOW, Vt. – The state of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded the town of Ludlow a grant of $3,699 for 2019 to control the aquatic invasive plant Eurasian watermilfoil growing in Lake Rescue.
The Lake Rescue Association, comprised of approximately 130 residents of Lake Rescue and Lake Pauline, will administer the grant this year as it has done for the past 20 years. Since 1999, the LRA has used state grants and funds raised by its membership to hire divers to monitor and hand pull milfoil when it was found. The LRA has also used these funds to employ public greeters to screen for milfoil plants at the boat access.
Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 degraded water clarity and hindered EWM monitoring efforts. Irene also brought in a layer of sediment rich in nutrients that greatly increased plant growth in the lake.
It is extremely important to keep milfoil out of Lake Rescue and Lake Pauline. EWM is non-native and is an extremely invasive aquatic plant. As a rooted, submerged perennial aquatic plant, it grows rapidly producing dense stands. It aggressively competes with native plant communities reducing biodiversity. Dense mats clog propellers, impair swimming, restrict boating and fishing accesses, and affect water quality.
With the state of Vermont and the town of Ludlow’s help, the LRA remains committed to keeping Lake Rescue clean of EWM.