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Town board looks to begin rentals of lake weed prevention mats

— “I think it’s a positive move for the town to initiate this program, primarily because of the physical challenges associated with installing and removing the barriers. There are many regions of the lake, especially in the north end, where chemical treatment was not permitted. We want to provide property owners in these areas some relief,” Moran said.

The program is another avenue being pursued by the town in its efforts to protect and restore lake water quality, aesthetics, recreational use and aquatic habitat. For decades, the town has attempted to manage the spread of excessive weed growth in the lake through harvesting, chemical treatment programs and, most recently, a storm water management program, with varied results. The benthic matting is “a promising alternative and supplemental control measure” for addressing Eurasian Watermilfoil in Cazenovia Lake, according to the town board resolution.

The town’s benthic mat program became effective when it was approved by the board on May 13, but it will not be operational until the town receives the DEC letter of understanding, Zupan said. If the letter arrives after lake weeds have already started growing, the program will most likely not be implemented until next year, he said.

For more information on the benthic mat rental program, contact Barbara Houghton, administrative assistant to the town supervisor, at 655-9541.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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