Opechee milfoil treatment set for next week

LACONIA — Milfoil in Lake Opechee will be treated with a chemical herbicide applied on or around Thursday, September 5. The treatment was originally scheduled for early July but was postponed when the chemical herbicide that was to have been applied was found to have produced less than optimal results at other locations.

Suzanne Perley of the Lake Opechee Preservation Association said that the treatment will cover 13 acres, divided between the areas at the north end of the lake near Anthony Drive and the eastern shore below the Lakeport Dam, at a cost of $13,256. She said that DES awarded the association a grant equal to 40-percent of the cost and the city and the association are splitting the balance evenly.

On the day the herbicide is applied restrictions on the use of water will be imposed and posted. Swimming will be prohibited within 200 feet of the treated areas. Water drawn from intakes within 1,200 feet and wells within 50 feet of the treated areas should not be used for drinking, irrigating or watering plants until further notice. These restrictions will be posted on the shoreline prior to the treatment and any questions can be addressed to Marc Bellaud, Aquatic Control Technology, 11 John Road, Sutton, Massachusetts 01590-2509, (508) 865-1000 or info@aquaticcontroltech. com.