Leicester receives invasive species grant

LEICESTER —The town of Leicester has been awarded a $29,970 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help control invasive species on Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, which are located in the towns of Leicester and Salisbury. The control program is coordinated and operated by the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.
The award from DEC’s Watershed Management Division will help the association fund Eurasian Water Milfoil  control in both lakes during the spring, summer and fall of 2019. The association, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, has a total annual project budget of $234,199, funded by the DEC grant-in-aid, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, lake residents, friends of the lakes and the towns of Leicester and Salisbury.
The grant supports a control project that incorporates volunteer lake monitoring, the use of diver operated suction harvesting, herbicide treatment, and the hand pulling of milfoil. A volunteer program was established in 1994 hand pulling Eurasian Water Milfoil in an effort to control the spread of the invasive species.
For more information about the DEC grant, contact Leicester Town Clerk Julie Delphia at (802) 247-5961 x 3.
For more information about LDFLA and the invasive species control program, contact Jim Meyersburg at (239) 272-5459.

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