Posts tagged: milfoil
BOATING — Boaters are being asked to stay off Newman Lake until Friday as Spokane County plans to treat Eurasian water milfoil infestations with 2,4-D herbicide during the week.
Milfoil clogs waterways for everything from fish to boats and poses the danger of entrapping swimmers, the county's Newman Lake Milfoil Control Plan points out.
LAKES — A North Idaho water quality watchdog group hopes the courts will force the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to include biological elements in efforts to eradicate Eurasian milfoil.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper filed a petition for judicial review Tuesday in 1st District Court, naming the state agency and its director, Celia Gould, as defendants.
The group wants to revise Idaho's noxious weed rules that prohibit biological control so weevils can be used to control milfoil that has invaded the Pend Oreille watershed. The state agency prefers using herbicides, diver dredging and bottom barriers.
“We can't afford to sit back any longer and wait passively for the changes that need to occur to emerge on their own,” Shannon Williamson, executive director of the nonprofit, said in a statement.
INVASIVE SPECIES — Eloika Lake's “milfoil monster” will be addressed in an upcoming program geared to anglers, property owners and anyone else who wants information on this threat to a popular lake — and the waters downstream.
Local Wildlife” photos and the “Eloika Milfoil Monster” are two visual presentations scheduled by the Eloika Lake Association on Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. at the Inland Grange in Elk. Folks who sign in will be entered in a free drawing for an air boat tour of Eloika Lake courtesy of Lake Restoration Services.
Jim Bottoroff, Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist, and David Ross, Spokane Conservation District resource technician, will present photos and stories and answer audience questions about wildlife and wild aquatic weeds commonly found near Eloika starting at 6:30 p.m. at Inland Grange.
The grange is located at 37147 N. Conklin Rd., southeast of Elk at the corner of Conklin and Nelson roads.
Even though fishing on Eloika Lake remains good, a project is underway to address the threat invasive Eurasian Water Milfoil plant poses to fisheries. This summer marks the second year that milfoil will be treated as part of a state grant acquired by the Eloika Lake Association in cooperation with the Spokane County conservation district.
“Last year there was a 95percent success rate in the areas treated for Milfoil, so this is really good news for anyone who recreates here,” said Tammy Magnuson, Vice President of the Eloika Lake Association.