The Economic Impact of Eurasian Milfoil

Over the past few years, the Houghton Lake (Michigan) residents have implemented a program to combat an extensive infestation of Eurasian Milfoil.  This shallow 20,000 acre lake was completely covered with this invasive aquatic weed in the early 2000’s.  Aquatechnex biologists were invited to participate in the Corps of Engineers Program to evaluate and design a solution to this problem.  SePRO Corporation took the lead in removing this weed and allowing the native plant communities to recover.  During this process, they were able to document the impact of this plant and it’s control on the use of the lake, tourism and property values.  This work has been published by SePRO and is available at this link.  It is a good read, give it a look.

http://www.sepro.com/documents/Houg_Eco_Impact.pdf

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