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Paul Smith’s College plans return to Norwood Lake for more milfoil work

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NORWOOD — Norwood Lake Association officials say that after Paul Smith’s College’s recent work to tackle the Eurasian milfoil issue in the body of water, the invasion is likely under control for the rest of 2014. This does not mean, however, that the school’s work is done in Norwood.

“Paul Smith’s is sending another team over to address the variable leaf milfoil,” Norwood Lake Association President and Mayor James H. McFaddin said. “They will advise us if we should hand pull it or do otherwise. ... We’re looking forward to that and I expect it to be very soon.”

Several months ago, the association approached the school about partnering with it and the village of Norwood to control the Eurasian milfoil that was discovered in 2012.

Through a study conducted two years ago, a St. Lawrence University student found a persistent milfoil issue in the water. It led the Lake Association to hire Aquatic Invasive Management LLC to conduct a survey in July 2013 and remove the milfoil.

The work showed that the plant was prevalent in parts near the end of the lake.

“They have remediated the Eurasian water milfoil for this year. So we won’t have to do any more on that. The Eurasian water milfoil is considered a much stronger strain and much more important to get out of there,” Mr. McFaddin said. “We consider the Eurasian water milfoil controlled for the year but we still have work to do to be complete.”

A 2013 study by Clarkson University found that if left unchecked, milfoil could cover 80 percent of the water in 10 years, causing property values to drop 20 percent and also affect boating, fishing and swimming.

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