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Submitted by Linda Patterson

The summer of 2016 saw near-record low water levels in Lake Champlain due to drought conditions. Those conditions, following a winter of reduced ice cover, produced extreme weed growth along the shoreline. The proliferation of weeds made it difficult, and at times impossible, for residents and visitors to enjoy boating, swimming and other water activities. Although this summer has been much wetter than last, with less nuisance from weeds, the overall increase in weed growth has been apparent in the past several years and will likely continue.

Property owners on Long Point in North Ferrisburgh decided to form a “Weed Committee” to study the problem. After many months of research into causes and weed-control methods, and after speaking with their neighbors and other lake associations, the committee decided to organize an education event to inform lake users about the weed problem.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. Meg Modley, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Lake Champlain Basin Program, will share her knowledge on the types of weeds we are seeing, their origins, the factors that encourage them, the steps the state is taking to control them and the steps we can take as concerned citizens to manage weeds along the shore.

The event will be held at the North Ferrisburgh Methodist Church on Old Hollow Road in North Ferrisburgh. The event is free and open to the public, with refreshments served and ample time for questions and answers.

For more information, please contact Linda Patterson, lindapatterson313@gmail.com.

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