Milfoil

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Divers will be out in Lake Winnisquam this summer removing invasive milfoil by hand. It’s the first comprehensive attempt to manage the weed in New Hampshire’s fourth-largest lake.

The newly formed Winnisquam Watershed Network got $46,000 in state and local funds for the project.

They’ll send out divers from now until September to remove the feathery milfoil from mucky shoreline areas by pulling it out at the roots. They’ll also use suction hoses and, later this fall, herbicide on some denser growths.

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  State environmental officials are dealing with three new infestations of milfoil.

The invasive species has been identified in Pine Island Pond in Manchester, Oxbow Pond in Canterbury, and Turee Pond in Bow.

Amy Smagula of the Department of Environmental Services says the infestation in Turee Pond may have roots in Turkey Pond in Concord.

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services officials say they have discovered a dense infestation of milfoil in a popular pond in Bow.

Officials say the infestation found in Turee Pond is so dense that it suggests milfoil's probably been present in the pond for three to four years.

Milfoil is an invasive plant found in bodies of fresh water.

Officials say Turee Pond gets a high number of boaters, any one of which could have introduced milfoil from another contaminated body of water on a boat or fishing gear.

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The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has found two more lakes in New Hampshire that have been infested with milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant. DES announced  that Otter Pond in Greenfield and Naticook Lake in Merrimack both have well-established milfoil infestations.