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Moultonboro gets ready for milfoil treatment

January 05, 2011
MOULTONBORO — Selectmen unanimously approved a contract and grant award for this year's milfoil treatment in Lake Winnipesaukee.

The board approved the contract with Aquatic Control Technologies during Thursday's meeting, which came in early to allow for an early spring treatment as well as a treatment in the fall.

The total cost of the contract is not to exceed $140,000 with $66,850 for the initial treatment in the spring and $64,450 for the fall treatment.

Milfoil Committee chair Peter Jensen said the final numbers came from an updated contract calculated with a better price for what needed to be done. Around 400 acres of milfoil has been identified in the Moultonboro end of Lake Winnipesaukee and 350 were treated last year. The remaining 50 acres due to be treated with a potential of 169 acres to receive herbicide treatment this year.

Jensen said after the initial treatment in summer, another will be done in fall after any summer growth.

"We're trying to get out of the herbicide business," Jensen said, saying non-herbicide treatment such as hand pulling and use of a DASH unit will also be utilized. "We expect there will be significant amounts of that."

The Department of Environmental Services awarded the town with a $16,642.50 grant toward the 2011 milfoil treatment. The board voted unanimously in favor of having Chair Joel Mudgett sign the certificate for the grant.

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