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Watertown Township approves weed treatment for North Lake

Mary Drier posted by Tom Greene

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 14:26:59 EST

 


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The Watertown Township Board of Trustees is moving forward with the plan to control weeds in North Lake.

Besides the natural weeds found in area lakes, North Lake has non-native plants like Eurasian water milfoil which forms mats of vegetation that chokes out native aquatic plants and impedes recreational activity, according to information from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and leads to murky water.

The township board unanimously approved moving forward working with Aquatic Service to treat the lake to control the invasive foliage. Treatment is scheduled to be done in the spring. It will not harm the fish population, and residents will be given notice before treatment and the wait time before going swimming.

The cost will be a $165 assessment per year per parcel for three years and will be on the 2021, 2022, and 2023 tax bills.

Before the board took action on the North Lake issue, a survey was sent out to residents last year.

According to township Clerk Malisa Pyles, there were 89 surveys send out with 39 of them returned, with 34 saying yes to treating the lake and leveraging an assessment to do so.

There were four no's to the project and one maybe.

She pointed out the township would pay for the five parcels of property it owns along with the permit fees.

Although most of the lake is in Tuscola County's Watertown Township, there are about 20 lakeside properties at the south end that are in Lapeer County's Marathon Township.

However so far, Marathon Township officials have decided not to participate in the treatment project so that end of the lake will not be treated when Watertown Township does the treatment in their part of the lake.

It was noted the invasive species of plants found in North Lake were likely brought in by boats that were in other waters before being used on North Lake.


   

 

 

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