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June 01, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Due to the expensive pricing and restrictions on weed removal permits, we are unable to cut any weeds besides where the temporary permit allows us to, which is only a 3 acre circle where the races will happen on the 9th & 10th. This is only a small fraction of 88 acres of weeds that need to be cut, and the small weed cutters that we still have, will not be enough to make much of a dent in the overall problem.

The FACT is, the town needs to seek a more long term solution, such as dredging, or possibly chemicals, if they ever want to see this lake clean again. A professional survey is needed. The Eurasian Milfoil, and several other invasive weeds have almost completely taken over the lake now, and cutting it is only making the problem worse, as any cut weeds that are not collected often replant themselves & multiply. Then, Milfoil grows so damn fast that weeks after they are cut, they are back to the surface again.

Hopefully they will die, just like they did in the past several years when the water gets very warm. The last year the Mud-Hens did put out both cutters, a majority of the weeds were dead, and would fall apart and be mush. My trolling motor was even able to chop them up very easily. I am hopeful many of the weeds will do this again and fall to the bottom of the lake. There used to be natural springs that fed the lake, but they are long since plugged with decomposed weeds (and goose crap).
There was definitely not enough volunteers back then, and unfortunately I do not foresee enough volunteers now that the Mud-hens are done. Of course, there are more than enough people to complain about it though.

The people in charge of the town definitely didn't want to help out much back then, and unfortunately, without increasing taxes, I don't think they will do anything about it now either.

Brian Patyk
Pell Lake
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