The annual review we received from our lake consultants, Onterra LLC., for the 2020 dive season was exceptional. Diver hand harvesting met or exceeded its predetermined goals in all target areas on the lake. Onterra’s recommendation is to continue to monitor and control EWM as currently done with hand harvesting techniques. They confirmed that hand harvesting was the most appropriate way of controlling Eurasian milfoil on Squash Lake.
Onterra LLC. recently completed a paleo-core analysis of the lake bed. There was nothing surprising or of concern from the analysis. It did indicate a shift in plankton and plant life in the lake as a result increased nutrients and development on the lake. This increase was consistent with other lakes in the northern region of the country.
A survey of the native wetland plants in the loon bay area of the lake was postponed due to complications with the COVID-19 virus. The survey has been rescheduled to the spring of 2021. DNR did extend the grant that covers the expenses for this survey.
Our same dive team is on board to dive for us next year. We are always looking for new divers to train. If interested, contact us through email.
Planning for the completion of the Aquatic Plant Management Plan is moving forward. You will receive information soon, asking you to complete a survey to provide input about the current and historic conditions of the lake and about its future management. The results of the survey will be incorporated into the Aquatic Plant Management Plan. Please use this opportunity to express your views and concerns. The completion of this management plan is necessary for the application of a new Eurasian Milfoil Management Grant.
Our Eurasian Milfoil Management Grant will expire at the end of the year. We have submitted a new grant application and hope that we will once again be supported by the State to help control Eurasian Milfoil in Squash Lake.