Goose Bay Gets Grant To Battle Invasive Weed

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The invasive weed is called Eurasian Milfoyle and its dark green spiral web of vegetation is choking out native plants, hampering outdoor recreation and inhibiting fish.

"This used to be hotbed of fishermen for especially perch, but walleye and pike," said Bob Amis, a member of the Goose Bay Reclamation Corporation, a not-for-profit group.

The invasive weed comes in on the ballast of ships and boats.

It clogs propellers.

As it's chopped up, the weed increases.

The cost of cleaning it up could run more than $3 million.

"We did get very good news.  Senator (Patty) Ritchie, who's been enormously helpful to us in the past, secured another $75,000 grant for us," said Pamela Andre.

That's on top of last year's $25,000.

The money has been used in the past to study the weed and look for ways to get rid of it.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is evaluating options, as the invasive weeds begin to threaten Chippewa Bay and Lake of the Isles, as well as Goose Bay.

Friday, November 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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