Aquatic Invasive Spread Prevention

Photo: Michael Lewis

Lake Eden is a relatively small lake with depths of up to 40 feet. Eurasian Watermilfoil, a prolific invasive species widespread in Lake Champlain, was first detected in Lake Eden in June 2022. Considered an “early detection,” the Lake Eden Association and the Town of Eden partnered to develop and implement a comprehensive mitigation plan to manage and eventually eradicate the milfoil.

Further accomplishments include the addition of 13 new members to the Vermont Invasives Patrollers (VIP) team and the formation of a volunteer hand harvest team with 10 active members. In addition, there was a significant rise in community engagement, social media postings and reports of EWM sightings. Of particular note is the engagement of the Scout Camp management and leadership, who have joined the VIP team and incorporated EWM into their camp programming.

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