Harveys Lake seeks more grant funding to eradicate hydrilla

By Eileen Godin - [email protected] | October 17th, 2017 10:34 pm - updated: 10:34 pm.

HARVEYS LAKE — The borough is seeking a $140,000 grant to continue the eradication of hydrilla from its namesake lake, council member Michell’e Boice said Tuesday.

Hydrilla, an aggressive growing aquatic plant, was first discovered in a 50-acre section of Harveys Lake in July 2014.

The vegetation spread to over 250 acres of the 600-acre lake in three years.

Council acquired over $100,000 in grant funding from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Water program to treat a 105-acre section of the lake with a systemic herbicide called SonarOne.

In August, Princeton Hydro, an ecological and engineering consulting service, dropped 2,180 pounds of the low-concentration chemical in a clay pellet form near the lake’s outlet.

Borough Council chairman Bill Hilburt said the eradication’s phase one treatment was a success.

”The hydrilla is turning white, so it is working,” Hilburt said.

Hydrilla, if left untreated, will grow to the water’s surface and create a thick green mat, which prevents sunlight from reaching native plants, fish and other organisms. The lack of sunlight chokes out all aquatic life.

In other borough news:

• The General Municipal Authority of Harveys Lake is accepting sealed bids for the sale of an “as is” 2003 GMC pickup truck with plow.

The two-door truck has a V8 engine, four-wheel drive and has 101,203 miles. Bids need to be received by the authority by Friday, Oct. 27.

The truck can be viewed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the municipal building parking lot.

• Council members passed a motion to purchase a laptop with Bluetooth capabilities for police to check speed minder signs stationed on Lakeside Drive.

“It would have Bluetooth, so they do not have to get out of the car to check everything,” council vice president Thomas Kehler said. “It would be roughly $400.”

• Council member Daniel F. Blaine wants to remind residents that Lakeside Drive, a narrow windy road that travels around the lake, is a “very dangerous road.”

“I have seen residents jogging at night, walking their dogs at night,” Blaine said. “Please take into consideration when people are driving — not everyone is a young person with the greatest eyes in the world and if you don’t have your high beams on, you can’t see people.”

Blaine advised pedestrians to carry a flashlight or wear a bright-colored shirt to help motorists see them.

• The next council meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the borough building.

Hydrilla, a fast growing aquatic plant, has taken root in Harveys Lake since 2014. The borough is seeking more grant funding to help eradicate the plant.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_TDP082017Hydrilla007-1.jpgHydrilla, a fast growing aquatic plant, has taken root in Harveys Lake since 2014. The borough is seeking more grant funding to help eradicate the plant. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

By Eileen Godin

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