2020 Herbicide Treatment Update by Sheila Rappazzo, Herbicide Chair
The chemical treatment of the Lake took place on Thursday May 7th. Weather conditions were good for the treatment, and the application went well. They were out there a good portion of the day; there were two boats working on the treatment. The air boat, which is definitely more noticeable, and loud, was doing the application of the Navigate for Milfoil. Navigate is solid pellets that are distributed from a spreader on the boat. The other boat was doing the Aquathol application for the Curlyleaf Pondweed. Aquathol is a liquid which they put into the water with a hose from the boat. That boat was just a regular boat, similar to a fishing boat. There was just one guy on it, definitely not as noticeable as the air boat. We saw him when walking our dog that afternoon along East Lake Road just south of where the road diverges from the lake shoreline (a Curlyleaf application area). From a distance, at first I wasn't sure if it was the applicator, or just a fisherman. But it was clear, as we got closer and watched him working. Later in the day, the airboat had completed the milfoil treatment areas, and then switched to doing the liquid herbicide for Curlyleaf Pondweed, along with the other boat. That was why we noticed the airboat going back to the same general areas where they had been treating earlier in the day.
Thanks to the donations of many we were able to proceed with the treatment, though at a scaled back level from what had been identified. Ninety-two (92) acres were treated. We did not, unfortunately, raise enough to cover the full cost of the treatment. The Board made the decision to allocate significant funds needed when Solitude bills us for the treatment, from CLIA funds from various fund-raising events, and CLIA general fund accounts. Funding is always an issue, and it seems that as the lake has improved, the money dwindles. Keeping Milfoil and Curlyleaf Pondweed in check is a daunting task. Both are very resilient, aggressive, invasive weeds. And it’s not too late to donate!
Restrictions on the use of the water for potable purposes and irrigation will be lifted once laboratory analysis is completed. Results are expected shortly. If you have questions (including what kinds of weeds you have by your dock), please contact Sheila Rappazzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-429-8312 (call or text).