Milfoil is a name used to describe a type of invasive plant, including Variable Watermilfoil. Milfoil is a threat to Nickerson Lake. To date, there is no evidence that milfoil is in Nickerson Lake, and that’s just the way it should stay. Once milfoil is growing in a lake, it is impossible to get rid of it. Milfoil forms dense mats of foliage that choke out natural habitat. Milfoil is spread by humans, who go from an invested lake to a clean lake.
Nickerson Lake is vulnerable because it is close to I-95, has a public boat access, is close to town, and has more than 50% of its shoreline that would support milfoil growth. In addition, milfoil l is creeping closer to us, as discovered in Big Lake in 2019. Big Lake, in Princeton, is part of the Grand Lake water system.
Milfoil invasion, as well as other undesirable plants, is preventable, and you can help. The single greatest prevention tool is clean boats and equipment. The lake association Board, therefore, has reinstituted the Courtesy Boat Inspection program at the boat launch. A college student will run the program through part time employment, funded by the lake association, and hopefully, through a $1000. grant, still pending. The employee will cover 12 hours weekly, during peak launch time. The remaining time is open to volunteers to inspect incoming boats for plant material. Shifts will be 2 or 3 hours, mostly midday. A short training program is all it takes to become a volunteer. All adults are welcome.
Please consider helping to prevent milfoil spread to the lake we all call home. Please call or email me with your name, contact information, and preferred hours, eg., Mondays at 10 AM, now, then the student intern will follow up when the program begins May 23.
For more information, check out our STOP MILFOIL CAMPAIGN
Thank you for doing your part.
Nancy Putnam, President Nickerson Lake Wilderness Preservation, Inc.