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Posted on: July 26, 2018

Butler Lake Lily Pad Update

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Water lily herbicide treatments have started in Butler Lake by the fishing pier. This process is performed in stages as only portions of the water lilies can be treated at any given time. The Village is working with Clarke Aquatic to minimize the weed conditions at Butler Lake. Only a small portion of the lake surrounding the pier is under a maintenance contract. The flooding/heavy rainfall the last two years have spread the lily pads into the lagoon area and other parts of the lake. As a general rule the lily pads are not considered weeds and are beneficial to water quality, healthy aquatic organisms and fish. The algae that attaches to the lily pads is more of a nuisance because it would normally sink into the water when it dies. The spring weather was not conducive to treatments, too much rain and several treatment opportunities were missed while the heat and sun created perfect conditions for algal blooms and weed growth. New federal government guidelines issued last fall have reduced the treatment frequency from 1 week to 2 weeks between applications and water bodies start looking unkempt.

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