NH Lakes Milfoil Update
Milfoil is Invasive Lake Weed l NH has effective mitigation solution
Sorry to say none of the NH lakes are immune to milfoil. This invasive plant needs sunlight to flourish so deep sections of our lakes are not affected. Once milfoil takes hold the lake associations needs to set up a program and plan to manage the plants.
Squam Lakes Association has worked to keep this plant in control working tirelessly each summer to keep the plant from spreading. Big Squam and Little Squam fortunately have not seen a major spread of milfoil. Last year in the Squam River they successfully removed 3700 gallons of milfoil harvested by divers. The weed watcher crew looks for growth in shallow areas of the lake so the milfoil team can quickly react and mitigate the plant.
Paugus Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee is in milfoil attack mode. In addition to harvesting plants after Labor Day a Milfoil Herbicide will be applied in the area of the Weirs Beach Bridge and Lakeport Landing Marina. Divers this summer using suction hoses will be busy vacuuming up the plant's roots and all to prevent further spread The Laconia city manager said a water flow study will be done to better help the application of the herbicide for best practices.
The Department of Environmental Services has identified the “Frightful Fourteen” aquatic invasives that could take hold in New Hampshire.
Seven of the 14 are known to already occur in the state: Fish And Game Report on Milfoil
• Variable milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum)
• Eurasian milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)
• Fanwort (Caboma caroliniana)
• Brazilian elodea (Egeria densa)
• Common reed (Phragmites australis)
• Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
• Water chestnut (Trapa natans)
A number of plants may resemble exotic species. Bladderwort, water weed (elodea), coontail, water marigold, and others can easily be confused with exotic species like milfoil and fanwort. The look-alikes have distinctive variations, however. Volunteers use weed identification sheets to help distinguish between similar types of plants.
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