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During three weeks of operations in July, 26 loads or an estimated 130 wet tons of nuisance aquatic vegetation were removed from the lake. Areas with the heaviest growth early this season were north of Burns Point as well as north of California Ranch (especially along Lakeview Drive), where a combined nine loads (or estimated 45 wet tons) were removed. Other areas where three loads or more of vegetation were removed in July included Lakes End to Southwest Shores, Francis Shores and Dana Shores. Lighter amounts of vegetation were harvested in other areas around the lake. Dominant plants were Eurasian watermilfoil, elodea and eelgrass.
Having completed the initial cut of vegetation, staff worked last week at the outlet weir to remove overgrown vegetation along the east side. Two seasons ago staff cleared most of the weir, but high waters prevented completion of this work at the eastern terminus. The low lake level this season has provided access so this work can continue in cooperation with the Town of Richmond.
At the request of neighbors, the harvester is deployed today (August 8) to Pickett's Cove to begin a second cut. Plants are growing further out in the lake in this area compared to recent years and residents report that boating is impaired.
As the harvesting schedule is adapted to changing conditions in the lake, observations from residents are always welcome! Do not hesitate to call (585) 396-4458.
Information from the weekly Honeoye Lake monitoring program and macrophyte maps is also reviewed and influences our schedule. Thank you again to the dedicated volunteers who collect these data!
The barge (perhaps more appropriately "work boat") is under construction. This isn't a vessel that is bought "off the shelf". Rather, it is steel construction manufactured from scratch. Progress is being made, and delivery will be announced when a reasonably firm date is available. Residents may request pickup of fragments by calling 396-4458. We will assist in locations that can accommodate the interim method (backing in the harvester and loading fragments directly to the storage area).