Yellow buoys to prevent the spread of Eurasian milfoil

Yellow Buoys are installed around Eurasian milfoil beds at Petit lac des Cèdres to prevent watercraft from disturbing and spreading the milfoil.

 

As part of the pilot project for control of Eurasian milfoil,  the APLC made an inventory of nine sites where Eurasian watermilfoil is present at Petit lac des Cèdres. To better identify these areas on the water, yellow buoys and explanatory signs were installed around them. The goal is to prevent motorboats or other watercraft from passing through these areas and breaking up the plants to transport fragments from one area to another.  As part of the Pilot Project for controlling Eurasian Watermilfoil (link to the article in Project), in 2014 the APLC identified five sites where Eurasian watermilfoil is present at Petit lac des Cèdres. To better identify these areas on the water, yellow buoys and explanatory signs have been installed to locate them. The goal is to prevent motorboats and other watercraft from passing through these areas and breaking up the plant to transport it from one point to another. In a natural way, Eurasian milfoil breaks up into small stems and has the ability to establish itself all around the lake. In general, boats can also facilitate this spread by dragging the ends of their mooring lines which are attached to the motor or to the hull of the boats. The installation of buoys will therefore prevent the movement of boats in these specific areas and will limit the spread of the plant. The buoys will also facilitate the pilot tests to eradicate the plant's roots using specialized divers, the monitoring of these treated areas, as well as the annual inventory of milfoil sites all around the lake. Note that no Eurasian milfoil has been identified to date at Grand lac des Cèdres, which is very good news!

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