State OKs plan to kill weeds in Lake George
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent August 24, 2013 10:13PM
A white egret sits on a log in an algae-covered Lake George bayou by Hobart Middle School. | Carole Carlson/Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 26, 2013 6:42AM
HOBART — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has approved the treatment processes to kill off two types of noxious weeds that invaded Lake George this summer, allowing the work to take place Monday, weather permitting.
George Balis, Midwest regional manager for Clarke Environmental, a Roselle, Ill.-based mosquito control and aquatics issue company hired by the city, said the first application will be applied on 27 acres of the lake.
He said the treatment will be completed in one day.
Balis said this application will focus on Eurasian watermilfoil, a non-native plant found in aquariums, and some coontail.
“We won’t be able to work on the duckweed and watermeal this time, based on our limitations,” Balis said.
Balis said a map of the areas to be treated will be available in Mayor Brian Snedecor’s office and signs will be posted in those areas.
The mayor’s assistant, Robert Fulton, said there will be no fishing, swimming or domestic use restrictions as a result of the treatment. However, there will be a 21-day restriction for irrigating or drinking from the lake.
Balis told a group of about 50 residents during a meeting last week that a survey he conducted in late July revealed that 31 acres of the lake are covered by duckweed and watermeal, both aggressive invaders.
He said coontail covers 23.5 acres; watershield and spatterdock, both of which look like lilies, cover 21 acres; Eurasian watermilfoil covers 9.1 acres; and curly-leaf pondweed, another non-native plant, covers 1.9 acres.
Residents have complained that the weeds are especially bad this year, making it difficult for boats to navigate its waters.
Balis said residents should notice a difference right away with coontail once the treatments are applied, but other weeds will take longer and more applications to kill off.
He said applications for some weeds won’t work until spring.