Eurasian Milfoil Treatment Monday August 26th

Aquatechnex biologists will be treating Eurasian Milfoil at a number of sites on Hayden Lake, this work is scheduled for this coming Monday, August 26th.

A map of these treatment areas can be viewed at Click here for treatment map

Many of these sites are small, you can zoom in and get a better picture if these will impact you.

We will be providing notices to affected properties and properties within a quarter mile of each treatment site tomorrow.  Treatments will only be performed within the yellow polygons on this map.  Water use restrictions are in effect within those treatment areas and within 400 feet of them.  The permit requires notice be delivered to a quarter mile each side, so we recommend you review this map to see where they are in relationship to your property.  You can put in your address on the map link in the top right corner and zoom directly to your home to see if treatment is occurring there.

Procellacor is a new selective herbicide that should provide long term control of Eurasian Milfoil.  EPA has approved this product for application to lakes without any need for restricting swimming or potable/domestic water use.  Water from the treatment area can be used for irrigating turf grass without any restriction, there is a 24 hour restriction on using water from the treatment area to irrigate other ornamental plants so if you have mixed turf and ornamentals you should wait the 24 hours.

Questions can be addressed to ISDA program managers at Jeremey.varley@isda.idaho.gov or 208-993-0950

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Sonar Herbicide Treatment Results

The Sonar Aquatic herbicide treatment on the north end of Hayden Lake has reached a successful conclusion.  This herbicide is very slow acting and the first application of controlled release pellets was made in late April, with two follow on treatment at about three week intervals.

At the time of treatment the invasive weed Curly Leaf Pondweed was the primary problem, but later in the summer these same areas have been heavily infested with Eurasian Milfoil.

This application targeted both plants and the results have been impressive.

Follow on milfoil control work will be occurring elsewhere in the lake shortly.

Sonar Herbicide Treatment in North Completed

The Sonar aquatic herbicide treatment in the northern portion of Hayden Lake is complete and the impact of the herbicide on the target Curly Leaf Pondweed and Eurasian Milfoil is taking effect.  Weed mats are dropping out of the water column and the zone should be clear shortly.

Sonar is a very slow acting herbicide, but it is systemic and should significantly reduce problems for the rest of the summer and into the following season.

There are plans in the near term to target Eurasian Milfoil elsewhere in Hayden Lake.  ISDA will be completing surveys soon and providing treatment maps.  Notification will then take place.

Curly Leaf Pondweed Treatment Update

Hayden Lake has been experiencing a new invasive aquatic weed Curly Leaf Pondweed on the north end near Sportsmans Access. This plant emerges and grows very fast in the spring, reaches the water surface and in midsummer and produces a turrion or reproductive structure that fuels the following years growth.

Unlike milfoil, there is only one EPA approved systemic aquatic herbicide that provides long term control of this weed. This herbicide has been applied three times to this area at three-week intervals starting in late April.

The mode of action of this product is extremely slow, from initial application to complete release and action of the residual herbicide can take 90 days or longer. Lake users should see a reduction in plant biomass in a few short weeks.

ISDA realizes that this biomass creates a short-term inconvenience, but the treatment results should be long lasting and continues to monitor the treatment efficacy.

Shoreline residents and water users will receive a public notification regarding a possible additional herbicide application.  The permit that governs this work requires that all shoreline residents within and a short distance from a treatment area be notified 14 days prior to applicaiton.  As a contengency, we are sending a notice that we may make a Diquat herbicide treatment after this 14 day period concludes and if there are still extensive beds of plants that have not yet fallen out of the water column.

 

Third and Last Sonar herbicide treatment to be performed Wednesday June 12th

Aquatechnex biologists will be performing the third Sonar herbicide treatment on Hayden Lake this coming Wednesday June 12th.  Affected areas will be posted with signage explaining the treatment and water use restrictions the previous day Tuesday June 11th.

We will also be evaluating the progress of this treatment, this herbicide is a very slow acting products.  It prevents the plant from making a pigment that is essential in protecting chlorophyll from being degraded by sunlight.  Generally it takes 8 weeks to start seeing plants falling out.

We will be collecting plants and shipping them to a laboratory that preforms effect analysis as well as making a visual inspection of all sites.