Weeds choke local lakes

The town has tried herbicides ($10,000 to $70,000 per treatment), basic hand pulling ($10,000 to $30,000 per treatment), weevils (beetles introduced into the ecosystem specifically to chow on milfoil) and Diver Assisted Suction Farming or DASH ($10,000 to $30,000 per treatment). “The pond was a mess,” Lowery said. “You could practically walk over it, you couldn’t get a canoe through it, and you couldn’t swim in it. The pond was unusable. People started putting their houses on the market.”

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