2012 Eurasian Watermilfoil Summit

Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Summit
Lessons Learned from the Adirondack Region

August 16, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Horicon Town Hall, Brant Lake, New York

Organized by the
Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management
Sponsored by the Adirondack Lake Alliance

The Issue

Photo by Rich King, Lycott Environmental

Photo by Rich King, Lycott Environmental

Eurasian watermilfoil is one of the most widespread aquatic invasive plants across the country. It has invaded over 50 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks alone, and threatens to spread to more waterways by hitchhiking on recreational gear. Once an infestation starts, it is extremely difficult, and very costly, to eliminate. Control efforts must be sustained from year to year to set management projects up for success.

Many communities in the Adirondacks are struggling with managing infestations. Uncertainties about which treatment options to choose, understanding and complying with permitting conditions, and challenges in finding, and sustaining, resources can be overwhelming. Furthermore, attention is focused on battling the current problem of Eurasian watermilfoil, but other aquatic invaders are on the move.

The Summit

While some groups have been managing milfoil for years, others are just starting. The Summit was designed to serve as a clearinghouse of information pertaining to Eurasian watermilfoil management. The goals were to:

  • provide a forum for discussing the status of Eurasian watermilfoil management in the Adirondack region
  • showcase lessons learned to improve planning, management, and resourcing efforts
  • provide an informational resource for groups managing Eurasian watermilfoil

The program featured presentations on the status of the Eurasian watermilfoil invasion and its management in the Adirondack region, management options, planning considerations, management case studies from various lakes, permitting, financing, lake-friendly landuse recommendations, and spread prevention. Speakers included state agency staff, elected officials, not-for-profit representatives, and shoreowners.

Resource managers, elected officials, members of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, community groups, and private citizens joined together from across the region to listen, learn, discuss, and take action.

The Program

Check out the program (speaker presentations are linked below). We’re grateful to all of the speakers who volunteered their time, expertise and information during the Summit. The speakers invited represented a snapshot of great work underway. Due to time limitations, the program wasn’t able to showcase all of the experts and stories from the region. We encouraged all to attend to share their experiences and join in the conversation throughout the Summit!

Also of interest may be the 2011 report, “A Review of the Science and Management of Eurasian Watermilfoil: Recommendations for Future Action in New York State,” prepared by the previous coordinator of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute, Dr. Holly Menninger, at the request of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Office of Invasive Species Coordination.

The Summit was FREE to attend

There was no registration fee, however participants were asked to RSVP so that organizers could plan accordingly for seating, supporting materials, and refreshments.

Thank You, and Thanks for being a part of the Summit!

Speaker Presentations

Forum organizers included representatives from the
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management), Adirondack Lake Alliance, Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith’s College, Chateaugay Lake Foundation, East Shore Schroon Lake Association, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board, Lake George Association, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, and the Rainbow Lake Association.