The height of the aquatic plant growing season is here and there are many loose, floating weeds. This is due to several factors;
Some weeds are free-floating rootless perennials. Other native species are easily up-rooted with wave action from wind and boats. With a record number of recreational boaters this season, these floating weeds are fragmented from prop-chop. Our summer has seen continuous shifting winds and a tropical storm that has had significant weed up-rooting.
This is unfortunate, as lake aquatic plants are a critical part of natural lakes that stabilize the lake bottom, provide habitat for zooplankton, and refuge structure or cover for all ages of fish.
The SLPID harvesting operation is a specific program for combatting excessive invasive aquatic plants and is a part of the SLPID integrated pest management program.
There is a fine balance when managing a lake and its aquatic vegetation and many variables when operating a weed harvester, which can be quite dangerous.
The harvesters are to stay a minimum of 10 feet from docks, boats, moorings, and personal property.
The SLPID weed harvesting operations are not for maintaining near-shore areas or around docks.
Property owners should maintain their individual shoreline and in-between docks themselves. The aquatic vegetation dries out and breaks down quickly. Lake weeds can be used for fertilizer around plant beds, compost, fill, or be bagged and taken away.
It is never recommended to push weeds out into the lake.
Any questions should be referred to the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District directly (slpid.org) for factual information, not social media outlets or other organizations.
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