​Moodus Reservoir is experiencing increased encroachment by native and invasive aquatic plants. The Moodus Reservoir Preservation Group (MRPG), a 501c(3) non profit charity, is dedicated to preserving the lake for the continued enjoyment of our town beach, fishing, boating and other lake-related activities.

Several studies by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) have kept track of the growth of these plants. Numerous methods of control have been studied by MRPG, and with town and environmental group support, MRPG conducted a herbicide pilot study. Based on independent evaluation of the pilot study, herbicide treatment is not an effective control method for further treatment. “Raking”methods presently in use by private contractors and individual property owners can result in plant fragments escaping and re-rooting in other parts of the lake, increasing the problem.

The most affordable and effective control method is “harvesting” via a machine that pulls up the aquatic plants, trapping them and depositing them on land for transport. An affordable and environmentally enhancing method of disposal is available. The Eco Harvester machine will cost approximately sixty​-​thousand dollar​s​ ($60,000). A volunteer is already available to operate the harvester. Raising the funds will require support of the community as well as outside grants and special ​fundraising ​events. This will improve the lake for use by all and extend its life for future generations.

The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. at the East Haddam Sportsmen‘s Club, 299 East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike in Moodus.

Greg Bugbee of the CAES will review past & present weed assessment studies. Another form of weed control, Benthic Barriers (also known as lake-bottom blankets) for waterfront weed control will be explained and offered for sale. Other topics will include the Treasurer's Report, a vote to fill an open Board member's position, 2017 hydro-raking results, fundraising options and any other questions or concerns that residents or other meeting attendees may have to offer.

All East Haddam residents are welcome to attend. New members are welcome to join and current members may pay $25 annual dues anytime via PayPal on our website, as well as at the meeting. Any dues or donations are always tax deductible.

For more information, email us at Moodus.Reservoir@gmail.com, visit our website at www.moodusreservoir.org and Like us on Facebook. The most recent invasive aquatic plant survey of Moodus Reservoir by CAES may be viewed at http://www.ct.gov/…/i…/ 2016/moodus_report_2016-3-10- 2017.pdfType your paragraph here.

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