Smoother sailing on Cazenovia Lake

"You can use it," she said. "Everything's just easier."

In recent years, Waters hadn't been able to sail and taking out a motorboat was a chore.

"I lost a propeller last fall," she said.

Kevin McCarthy has also noticed a change.

"It's certainly a lot easier to get around," he said.

McCarthy also lives on the north end of the lake and enjoys using the lake recreationally. McCarthy said that it has been easier to get out on the lake to fish, and that the fish he has caught seemed healthy as usual.

As Eurasian milfoil becomes increasingly problematic across the country, Cazenovia Lake may become a model for other lakes facing a similar problem.

"We're getting more contact from other lakes that want to know about our experience," Maywright said.

At this point, the lake is visibly clearer while several have said that native plant life appears to be doing well, moving back into their niche that had been taken over by milfoil.

The town of Cazenovia is bringing an independent evaluator, Bob Johnson, to prepare a post-Renovate monitoring report to be sent to the DEC.

At the town board meeting July 13, Supervisor Liz Moran said that it was a good idea to bring in an independent third-party to do the evaluation and that Johnson is very well respected.

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