Educate yourself and educate others. Tell your friends and neighbors about the threat, especially if they are a boater who might inadvertently spread the plant. Whenever you fish or boat, look for milfoil; early detection will help keep it from spreading. If you think you found milfoil, contact your association rep or BLIMP. Someone will take a sample, have it verified by the state, and then schedule treatment or pulling of the weed. BLIMP has used Maine’s office of Plant identification in Auburn and recommends we use state services to test for milfoil rather than private companies.
Check your boat often and remove all plants. You may have picked up milfoil while boating on Balch, or from other lakes. DO NOT throw it in the lake, please dispose of it properly. Always remove all plants from your boat, trailer, fishing gear and anchor when going in and out of a body of water.
Please check with your association President to see what week your association has net cleaning duties. You can always check with BLIMP to volunteer anytime you are available.