Basics of Hand Picking Milfoil

Picking Milfoil - A very basic guide.

With milfoil reduced, in some places, but still actively present in both lakes. I've been reminded that it would be a good idea to submit frequent entries and notes on the finer points of picking milfoil for those who haven't yet experienced the joy of aquatic pest removal. 

Picture yourself wearing a mask and snorkel in shallow water within easy reach of the bottom. You can also do this while wading (no mask or snorkel required). The accompanying drawings are crude but should suffice to illustrate the how-to of this.

Approach the plant to within easy reach taking care to not disturb the bottom silt which will hinder visibility.

Step One: Gently reach behind the plant with your palm towards you and your fingers pointed downward and slightly spread.

Step Two: push your fingers into the bottom behind the plant stem (as far as you can, if necessary, and pull towards you. Your fingers should be below the root crown of the plant .

Step Three: Whenyou have the bottom of the stem in your grasp, pull it upwards out of the bottom. Use your hand as though it were a rake. 

You should have the plant, roots and all, free of the bottom. At this point, if you have a fine mesh bag of some sort you can gently place it inside. You can also gently ball the plant up the plant and place it in a net or container, held by an assistant, or in a kayak or canoe along side of you. I know someone who uses a colander. Make sure to collect any stray fragments that may have come off the plant.

Remember, you will have accomplished something. Any plant you remove is gone from the lake and will not reproduce through fragmenting, rhizomes or budding. Just make sure you put your removed plants in a place from which they cannot be moved back into the water by flooding, rainfall, erosion or accident. A compost bin with solid or close meshed sides would do. Ideally, it should be at least 100 feet from the water,but many of you might not have that luxury so ask a neighbor if they have a spot or contact the lake association. 


Remember you can report milfoil at 



quick update

by LDFLA Blog Admin

Hi all,

Sally took a paddle around Goshen Dam and Sue W. walked Silver Lake and both nests are still occupied and both had the mates nearby. The folks checking for loonwatch tomorrow have something to look forward to.

I took a trip back in time last weekend and visited with two old (OLD) friends at Lower Lead Mountain pond Me. The best we could remember was that the last time the three of us were together was ’74 and it was at the same place. It’s significant to me because it’s the first place I remember hearing a loon call, probably 10 or so years before that. The guy that lives there says they have had a single most of the last 40 however many years and one did show up just after I took the picture below.


Steve N. get the award for paying attention and getting this series


of pictures showing


our eagle snagging a little breakfast in North Cove.


He said it came up with a dead fish. Thank you Steve.



UPDATE on Lake Use Advisory

This e-mail is a follow-up to the last e-mail regarding No Use of the Lakes due to the Milfoil inhibiting herbicide treatment of Wednesday 6.15.2016. As stated in the advisory notice, the lakes are safe for swimming, boating and fishing. 

In this memo I:

  • Acknowledge the efforts and teams involved
  • Update the timing for the TBD* parts of the matrix on water usage
  • Identify what to expect from the treatment

The process went very well.  We need to extend gratitude to the Aquatic Invasive Species Sub-committee and chair:  Jim Meyersburg, Jim Foley, Brad Lawes and Brett Zimmerman.  This team did an outstanding job to ensure all process elements were followed to add this method of treatment to our existing efforts in combating milfoil.  Note: Again this was not a simple task and required significant hours to achieve. We can be grateful to the DEC and the applicators, SOLitude for ensuring communications were consistent, timely and supportive of our efforts as an organization to "perserve the lakes and surrounding environs."

The permit requires water samples 48 hours after application.  This analysis will indicate if we can remove the potable use ban (drinking and cooking).  This means our first sampling will be Friday p.m.  - unfortunately, the laboratory performing the analysis does not operate 7 days/wk. So the samples will be in cold storage until Monday when we will send FedEx same day delivery.  The lab requires 48 hours to process. So we may see results late Wednesday, but most likely on Thursday. 

What to expect in the coming days/weeks from this treatment process is:  within 10 days you should start to see the plants bending over and curling up a little, within 20 days they should be starting to collapse to the bottom with some standing stalks, and within 30 days most of the plants should have collapsed out of the water column.

I hope this provides you valuable information and keeps you abreast of the activity so important to retaining the enjoyment of the lakes.  Please contact me or any trustee with questions.

Best Regards, 
Chip Paison,  LDFLA President