NOTICE: CRESCENT LAKE PROPERTY OWNERS
SUBJECT: EURASION WATER MILFOIL (EWM)
THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL MEETING OF CRESCENT LAKE ASSOCIATION OCTOBER 22, 2016 AT 7 PM AT CRESCENT TOWN HALL.
THE AGENDA WILL BE: DISCUSSION OF THE DIRECTION THE ASSOCIATION GOES NEXT IN OUR BATTLE AGAINST EWM.
THERE WILL BE TWO EXPERT RESOURCE PERSONS WHO WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE USE OF CHEMICALS TO TREAT EWM.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS SEEKING THE OPINION OF THE MEMBERSHIP BEFORE TAKING THE NEXT STEP.
CRESCENT LAKE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CONNIE ANDERSON DARREL MACK
JIM GEHRKE DENNIS SOUTHWORTH
JIM SOLINSKY JOHN DUSENBERY
If you have had your eyes and ears open at all, you have heard about Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM). It has been talked about on local TV, written about in local newspapers and talked about at our boat landing and at our Crescent Lake Association meetings. Is it the Super Weed? Some will say yes and for some, the jury is still out. But one thing is for sure… Crescent Lake has it and getting rid of it is going to be a real challenge!
We have seen and read about the challenges that our neighbors on Squash Lake are facing. Yes, they were “diagnosed” with the presence of EWM a few years before we were (Crescent Lake found EWM last year) and they are now trying to find both the funds and the science to get the infestation under control. We may face those same challenges if we don’t attack this problem head-on and do so soon.
Early detection of the plant’s presence is vital and we are lucky in that respect – we found it early because we were looking for it. Our First Response Team was ready to implement a plan to “take on the weed.” We have “the pros” that have provided us with professional advice and an overall plan and then we have the “worker bees” that are out looking for the plants and the divers who are out pulling them up. But, those “worker bees” will tell you that “we are falling behind in their efforts.” The plant population is increasing but thus far it remains concentrated on the north shore of the lake – to the east and west of the boat landing.
Our lake’s future may depend on our next steps in plant management but a “wait-and-see” attitude is clearly not an option. We must be vigilant and we must be aggressive so that we don’t end up like too many other lakes. Rest assured that the Lake Association Board of Directors is looking at all of our options, which include the potential use of chemicals.
Your input is vital. Become informed on the pros and cons of all potential management options so if and when the time comes, you can be informed as to the way the Association will move forward. Our lake’s future will depend upon it!