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