As a wildlife conservationist and living on a beautiful wetlands lake over the last nine years I was very concerned when Eurasian Milfoil appeared a couple years ago and began to quickly take over. Our wetlands lake is teeming with life; fish, frogs, insects, grasses, lily pads, river otters, beavers, deer and is home to an amazing array of bird species.
I am very relieved and pleased to report that Clear Lake Solutions (formerly known as the Clean Up Dolphin Lake Committee) appears to have done their homework. After exploring all the options for eradication of milfoil they chose a Health Canada approved herbicide. It now looks like our pond is back to it’s normal beautiful self. I was so glad that biological treatment – that is importing non-native species – was dismissed. The world has seen too many examples of grievous damage done by using this approach, and we don’t need another here.
I also believe that there will be ongoing monitoring between treatments. This is very important as we don’t want any unintended consequences after using a chosen treatment. I am confident that we have a dedicated team of professionals working on the total eradication the milfoil. We never want it to return and definitely do not want it to spread to our other wetlands and a larger freshwater lake in our area.
I would highly recommend ‘this team’ to investigate similar invasive species in private lakes and waterways and bring their findings forward. It is important to keep invasive species from taking over from the indigenous species- the health of our biosphere depends on it.