If the pondweed were to spread extensively, mats of dead curly leaf pondweed will emerge on the surface of the lake.
At this time the Fish Hook Board is making plans to address this invasive species threat.
We have enlisted the DNR to make an assessment and map the areas where treatment is needed. The assessment will take place in the spring of 2018 when the plants begin to emerge.
Liquid herbicide treatment will take place early in the spring of 2018 and be administered by professional applicators. The timing of the application is critical as it must not interfere with the growth of native plant species. The DNR issues a permit for this procedure and provides a small window of time for the application. Following acreage determination and depth of the weeds, we will get an estimated cost.
The principal funding source must come from the residents of the lake and river. This course of action requires a team effort and all lake and river residents will need to do their part. There are no grants available for eradication of CLPW at this time. We were successful at raising $4,498 with our December 2017 mailing to all property owners. The cost of treatment may be as high as $10,000 or more. We expect we will have to continue treatments for at least 3 years.
Many of our lake and river residents are not currently members of our association. We strongly encourage you to join our association by completing the attached membership registration and returning it with your $30.00 membership fee. Current members may use this form to renew their current membership. (Please note we have changed our membership period to the calendar year.)
Fish Hook Lake and River Association AIS Team and the Fish Hook Lake and River Association Board of Directors
Tax deductible contributions to offset AIS costs can be made through the City of Park Rapids. The check memo line should read “AIS Fund for FHL&RA” so it will be credited to the correct account. Mail to Angela Brumbaugh, City Treasurer, 212 West Second St, Park Rapids, MN 56470