Hydrilla Control in Damariscotta Lake

Hydrilla control in Cranberry Cove (lincolncountynewsonline.com).

Hydrilla control in Cranberry Cove (lincolncountynewsonline.com).

     Pulled up by the roots, covered with black plastic liner, treated with herbicide and bordered with a berm, the hydrilla at Cranberry Cove was still discovered spreading outside its barrier in 2013. In response a crew from the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection laid down new 22 millimeter liner. The liner, significantly more durable than the previously used barriers, “could potentially control the hydrilla for up to 20 years” said Jody Jones, the association’s executive director. “In Florida, hydrilla was not controlled soon enough and now lakes must be mowed to allow boat traffic,” said Jones, “it can grow a foot in a day.” Cranberry Cove is part of Damariscotta Lake.