Maine Milfoil Consortium receives $500,000

Posted Oct. 31, 2009, at 1:17 p.m.

STANDISH, Maine — The Maine Milfoil Consortium, a group that addresses the threat of invasive aquatic plants in the state’s lakes, has been awarded $500,000 in federal funds.

The money will be used to mitigate and control invasive milfoil in seven “test bed” lakes, which pose a high risk of spread to other waters.

The mission of the consortium is to address the milfoil infestation threat through a program of prevention, research, management, mitigation and eradication through the application of “best practices.”

The consortium says 26 Maine lakes are infested with variable leaf milfoil, which disturbs the ecology of lakes vital to recreational boaters, homeowners and businesses.

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