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Old 07-08-2019, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default Invasive species sonar image

I thought I had posted this before but apparently not.

This side scan sonar shot in Paugus Bay shows a massive area packed with I believe, Milfoil. This stuff is so prolific it shows up in the water column (the black area down the middle of the image) as fine hairs.

It's tall enough up into the water column in the left channel image (at the arrow) to create a sonar shadow. Shadows are created when the sonar wave hits something and bounces back, not making it past whatever it hits, thus the shadow. So it's tall enough to generate shadows. If I had to guess I would estimate the height of the Milfoil here to be 6 feet high or more.

What amazed me was the dramatic cut-off where the invasive boundary line just stops.

I've encountered this diving in Paugus of course and you can't swim through it. You go over it or around it.

Point being, when conservation organizations etc. ask you to flush your bilge, wash down your boat & trailer, dry your anchor well out, clean invasives off the anchor and anchor line etc. they have really good reasons for doing so.

Invasives in general are a nightmare and it's only one of a number of invasives. Please help keep the lake as healthy as possible and do what you know needs to be done.
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:29 PM   #2
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Where about in Paugus Bay?


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Old 07-08-2019, 07:58 PM   #3
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:29 PM   #4
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Maybe you are suggesting the side scan sonar was taken from GPS location N 43 34.0044 W 71 27.4984?

Unfortunate if true since Navionics app claims it is ~23 ft deep. I have read milfoil is a shallow water problem.

Regardless, point well stated “do what you know needs to be done”

The Paugus Bay Watershed Association is having a fund raiser to help manage the milfoil problem. You know you need to go to support this effort.

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How is it known that this is exotic milfoil, when there is a native milfoil?

(That is difficult to differentiate).

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It's not new its been there for many many years. Used to fish there all the time years ago when Burger King was still around. Sadly its not the great fishing spot that it used to be years ago.
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It would be great if you could document a positive change through something like GPS locations and side scan sonar after we all support this effort
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How is it known that this is exotic milfoil, when there is a native milfoil?
(That is difficult to differentiate).?
DES runs training sessions for lake associations, weed watchers etc. They do not encourage self treatment, or weed pulling by untrained divers. You can mail a sample to Amy Smagula at DES, 29 Hazen Dr, Concord, NH 03301. if it is invasive exotic variable milfoil, DES will confirm and map the infestation and work with local organizations to develop a master plan to eliminate or control the infestation.
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Not sure where on Paugus this investigation is but South Down and Long Bay completed milfoil removal project three years ago off the 3 beaches. Hope it did not grow back in this area so quickly.
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Great information. Thank you also for bringing our fundraiser up. We are going to start a big push to sell tickets next week. City Budget is approximately $30,000 for milfoil eradication. We are having Paugus treated with ProcellaCOR in three locations this summer. DES surveys and puts the plan together on areas that need to be treated. Cost to treat with ProcellaCOR is $38,874. We are also using DASH (diver assisted suction harvesting) at a cost of $19,600. The state has given us grant money totally $14,618. We are going to be short approximately $13,856. Milfoil is a problem for everyone. Once a piece of the plant breaks off, it will float to a new location and start to grow again. We started the volunteer non-profit to raise money to offset the cost. The budget money the city has will also support Winnisquam and Opeechee to some level. We have a website www.mypaugusbay.org where donations can be made. We are a true 501 c 3 organization. I am actually personally paying for the website among other things.

I tried to upload 3 maps. One shows the ProcellaCOR treatment area for 2019, one shows the DASH target areas for 2019, and the third is a map that shows all areas where milfoil has been found. I appreciate any and all help!

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I tried to reply to this yesterday but my post never made it. Thank you for bringing up this topic. Unfortunately milfoil cannot be eliminated, it can only be managed. We've created a 501 c 3 non profit to raise money to help with the cost of annual milfoil treatment. It is 100% volunteer and no money is paid to any of the board members. In 2019 $38,874 will be spent on ProcellaCOR and $19,600 will be spent on DASH. The City of Laconia has approximately $30,000 in their budget for milfoil. The State of NH has given us $14,618 in grant money. That leaves $13,856 that needs to raised to cover the balance. I've tried to upload the maps. I'm getting a message that I have exceeded my quota.

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