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                                                        ECO HARVESTER ARRIVING SPRING 2020!!!


The  2019 Membership Meeting was held July 28 at the Sportsman's Club in  Moodus. Click on the link below to view a copy of the meeting minutes. 

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ECO-HARVESTER

 

After years of lake studies and  trying various methods of weed control, the Moodus Reservoir  Preservation Group (MRPG) has determined that the eco-harvester is our  best option.

The  eco-harvester is not a cutter, it pulls aquatic weeds from the roots  using a drum/conveyer system and can skim weeds from the surface. We  believe this approach is more beneficial to the lake and the environment  and will eliminates the need for chemicals.

The Eco-harvester has been purchased and delivery is expected spring of 2020. We are currently looking for Member Volunteers willing to operate the harvester or assist with weed transportation. If you would like to help, please use the contact tab above to submit your name and email or phone number.

To make a donation, please visit http://www.moodusreservoir.org/home.html.

 Moodus Reservoir is experiencing increased  encroachment by native and invasive aquatic plants. The Moodus Reservoir  Preservation Group (MRPG), a 501c(3) non profit charity, is dedicated  to preserving the lake for the continued enjoyment of our town beach,  fishing, boating and other lake-related activities.

Several studies  by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) have kept  track of the growth of these plants. Numerous methods of control have  been studied by MRPG, and with town and environmental group support,  MRPG conducted a herbicide pilot study. Based on independent evaluation  of the pilot study, herbicide treatment is not an effective control  method for further treatment. “Raking”methods presently in use by  private contractors and individual property owners can result in plant  fragments escaping and re-rooting in other parts of the lake, increasing  the problem.

The most affordable and effective control method is  “harvesting” via a machine that pulls up the aquatic plants, trapping  them and depositing them on land for transport. An affordable and  environmentally enhancing method of disposal is available. The Eco  Harvester machine will cost approximately sixty​-​thousand dollar​s​  ($60,000). A volunteer is already available to operate the harvester.  Raising the funds will require support of the community as well as  outside grants and special ​fundraising ​events. This will improve the  lake for use by all and extend its life for future generations.

For more information, visit our website at www.moodusreservoir.org and Like us on Facebook.  

Benthic barriers are a safe and effective way of controlling weeds along the shoreline, click below for more details: 

INFORMATION ON THE USE OF LAKE BOTTOM BLANKETS

INFORMATION ON THE USE OF LAKE BOTTOM BLANKETS (BENTHIC BARRIERS) TO COMBAT THE GROWTH OF INVASIVE PLANTS

BOTTOM BLANKETS (BENTHIC BARRIERS) (pdf)

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