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Proscalpin prescription online next day delivery Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:26:12 +0000 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2185 The WLPOA Board commissioned Princeton Hydro to conduct a study on the feasibility of utilizing grass carp as an effective means for weed control. Attached is the report which gives a positive recommendation for the use of grass carp. to view this report, please click below: LAKE PRINCETON HYDRO GRASS CARP STUDY 2018

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LAKE PRINCETON HYDRO GRASS CARP STUDY 2018

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Lake Quassapaug wins 1st milfoil battle http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2177 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2177#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:41:22 +0000 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2177 Lake Quassapaug wins 1st milfoil battle 0 Shares November 19, 2015 – Local – Tagged: Connecticut, Greater Waterbury, Quassy Towns: Middlebury CT BY BILL BITTAR REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN Bill Bittar Republican-American Lake Quassapaug is frequented by swimmers and boaters, but an invasive weed threatens to spoil lake users’ fun. The Lake Quassapaug Association is using organic methods […]

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November 19, 2015 – Local – Tagged: Connecticut, Greater Waterbury, Quassy Towns: Middlebury CT
BY BILL BITTAR REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

Bill Bittar Republican-American Lake Quassapaug is frequented by swimmers and boaters, but an invasive weed threatens to spoil lake users’ fun. The Lake Quassapaug Association is using organic methods to combat the Eurasian milfoil.
MIDDLEBURY – A consultant doing an annual plant survey at Lake Quassapaug reported that first year of suction harvesting to combat rapid growth of an invasive weed was successful.
The Lake Quassapaug Association had hired divers to hand pull Eurasian milfoil plants from the lake floor after an outcry from lake users opposed to a recommendation to use herbicides.
“We’re going in the right direction,” said George Frantzis, the association president, who is a longtime resident and an owner of Quassy Amusement Park. “There’s definitely a sigh of relief that we made positive movement.”
Frantzis admitted to being pessimistic going in.

Based on consultant George Knoecklein’s positive report, the Lake Quassapaug Association board approved the possible purchase of its own boat and suction harvesting equipment, so it can double the acres that are suction harvested in future years, according to the Lake Quassapaug newsletter.
But Frantzis said it’s too early to be overly optimistic, because there are many variables.
“”We don’t have a baseline right now,” he said. “We need more data. The true success will be seen over time. Unfortunately, it’s not an exact science.”
For instance, Frantzis said, each year brings different weather, which can effect weed growth.
In addition to suction harvesting and hand pulling, other organic methods to removing the plants may include putting barriers in some coves where fragments from dead milfoil plants drift out to reduce the spread, according to Frantzis.
But these methods are expensive.
“This year, we were lucky to reach our minimum of $35,000 to $40,000 to sustain a level,” Frantzis said. “The challenge is it’s not cheap. We need to keep that financial pool alive.”
In 2015, the association took in $57,000 worth of donations, including over $4,000 from the first Lake Quassapaug Association golf tournament at Highfield Club.
Aside from donations for the lake projects, the association applied for a grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection with a match from the Salem Fund.
This past summer the association hired AE Diving Services for four weeks to suction harvest all Eurasian milfoil plants throughout the lake and 3.75 acres of dense variable milfoil in Tylers Cove.
The focus will now be on the remaining 7 to 8 acres of variable milfoil in Dam, Tylers and Middle Coves that are either adjacent to homes and beaches or in areas with frequent boat traffic, according to the Lake Quassapaug newsletter.
Contact Bill Bittar at bbittar@rep-am.com.

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STUDY OF DRAWDOWNS AT CANDLEWOOD LAKE SHOWS METHOD IS NOT EFFECTIVE http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2174 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2174#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:24:14 +0000 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2174 A study conducted at Candlewood Lake over the years of 2007 to 2014 determine that drawdowns as a strategy to reduce milfoil has not been effective. To view this study, please click below: lake drawdown study2014

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A study conducted at Candlewood Lake over the years of 2007 to 2014 determine that drawdowns as a strategy to reduce milfoil has not been effective.

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Milfoil problem better in Candlewood and Squantz, but worse in Lillinonah 2017 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2171 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2171#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:57:39 +0000 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2171     For many years it seemed that nothing would stop the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil in Candlewood Lake, but 2017 might prove to be a turning point. Some coves on Candlewood and neighboring Squantz Pond had virtually no milfoil this year — a stark contrast to previous years, when the invasive weed fouled boat […]

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For many years it seemed that nothing would stop the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil in Candlewood Lake, but 2017 might prove to be a turning point.
Some coves on Candlewood and neighboring Squantz Pond had virtually no milfoil this year — a stark contrast to previous years, when the invasive weed fouled boat propellers and tangled the limbs of unwary swimmers.
“In portions of the lake, it was a complete 180,” said Larry Marsicano, the former executive director of Candlewood Lake Authority who now works as a consultant.

The news was not so good in nearby Lake Lillinonah. Greg Bugbee, who oversees the Invasive Aquatic Plant Program for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said milfoil infestation on that lake is “the worst I’ve seen it.”

Bugbee noted these stark differences while mapping the plants this summer on all three bodies of water.
On a scale of 1 to 5, Bugbee placed the acreage and abundance of milfoil at Candlewood and Squantz this season at 2.5, far below last year’s rating of 4.5.
“The milfoil was nowhere near the proliferation and nuisance it was last year,” Bugbee said. “I wasn’t getting complaints about weeds this year like I normally do. Fishermen seemed to be happy.”
Bugbee suspects the improvement is owing largely to the thousands of sterile grass carp released in Candlewood over the past few years and Squantz this summer to feed on the milfoil.
He said he saw schools of grass carp in several coves while monitoring the lake, including Shelter Cove, Allens Cove, Brookfield Bay and to some extent Lattins Cove. He also saw coontail, a native aquatic plant that the carp avoid, covering the lakebed in the coves.

“This would tell us there’s a decent chance the grass carp are preferring the coves and feeding there,” Bugbee said.
Theodora Pinou, a Western Connecticut State University professor that led the study tracking the carp’s movements at Candlewood, said she too observed schools of carp in the coves.
“I do think the carp are helping, since some coves are much better and a high concentration of carp are being found there,” she said.
Forty-eight carp are fitted with tracking devices. Luke Mueller, one of two interns who assisted Pinou tracking them this summer, said they spotted four of the tracker-bearing fish in Shelter Cove.

“That just shows me that the fish are surviving and it’s a good indication for the program as a whole,” Mueller said last month. “Even the ones we didn’t find, they’re still around somewhere.”
Marsicano said the carp were generally found in the quieter coves where boat traffic is slow. He expects the carp will continue to play a larger role in management of the lake’s milfoil.
“As these coves have less and less milfoil, the carp will move out and find other places to eat,” he said. “They’re not going to starve.”
Marsicano also suspects a change in the annual winter drawdown of lakewater levels could have helped. Last year, FirstLight lowered the water earlier than it has in about 15 years, letting the plants dry out and exposing them to deadly cold before they could be insulated by ice or snow.
At Lake Lillinonah, by contrast, milfoil infestation was far worse in 2017 than in previous years.
For every acre of milfoil-infested water two years ago, Bugbee said, there were 10 acres this summer.
Greg Petriccione, chairman of the Lillinonah Lake Authority, said he suspects the presence of zebra mussels, another invasive species, might have contributed to the spread of the weeds this year.
The zebra mussels feed on organisms strained from the water, leaving the water clearer and allowing more sunlight to penetrate and help the milfoil grow, Petriccione said.
Homeowners also have also been cutting the milfoil without collecting the pieces, which are able to take root and grow, he said.

Petriccione said the authority is working with its advocacy group, Friends of the Lake, to create a milfoil management plan.
The difficulty of managing the lake is compounded by its position as part of the Housatonic River system.
“It’s a large lake and a large problem,” he said.
Len Greene, a spokesman for FirstLight Power Resources, which oversees several area lakes, including Lillinonah, said the company lacks the authority to create management plans or choose among treatment methods for water quality problems.
“We are however very supportive of the community’s efforts to eliminate the milfoil and we’ve funded several projects over the past year,” he said. “We’re very happy to say that we provided funding for both the Squantz Pond and Candlewood Lake grass carp programs, developed by the Town of New Fairfield and the Candlewood Lake Authority respectively.”
In the meantime, Petriccione said, homeowners can manage the milfoil independently, removing it by hand or machine or using benthic barriers — films or fabrics that keep plants from taking root in the lakebed.
“If you’re cutting, you have to be responsible and collect all of the cuttings or the problem will get worse,” he said. “It’s not recommended.”
kkoerting@newstimes.com; 203-731-3345 (Newstimes Oct 7, 2017)

 

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PESTICIDES ARE KILLING GREAT BARRIER REEF/AUSTRALIA http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2161 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2161#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 16:26:36 +0000 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2161 pesticides-climate-risk Pesticides compound climate risk to reef Corals already under pressure from global climate change are facing an additional threat in the form of pesticides running off from the land, shows a new scientific study published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. Corals can be harmed by agricultural chemicals at levels so low as […]

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Pesticides compound climate risk to reef
Corals already under pressure from global climate change are facing an additional threat in the form of pesticides running off from the land, shows a new scientific study published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.
Corals can be harmed by agricultural chemicals at levels so low as to be practically undetectable, a ground-breaking study by scientists at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the ARC Centre of Excellence for Reef Studies (ARC CoE) and James Cook University (JCU) concludes.
Reefs on a global scale are under threat from many sources; one of the most insidious is land based pollutants from agriculture – and the new research indicates that this threat may have been underestimated.
The study measured the sensitivity of the eggs, larvae and adults of the broadcast spawning coral, Acropora millepora, to a number of common pollutants including four classes of agricultural insecticides and a fungicide commonly used in Great Barrier Reef river catchments.
According to AIMS scientist, Dr Andrew Negri the novelty of the study is that it explored the effects of insecticides on many different life stages of the coral.

Normally developing coral embryos at the “prawn chip” stage, 12 hours after fertilisation. Image: Andrew Negri
“Previous studies have focused only on the adults, which seem more robust to insecticides. Our study looked at fertilization, larval development, survival and metamorphosis and we found that some of these stages were very vulnerable to these chemicals at very low concentrations”.

Coral embryos exposed to 1 µg/L of the fungicide MEMC. The embryos have not developed normally and will not make it to the larval stage. Image: Andrew Negri
Kathryn Markey, of JCU, continues “Neither fertilization rates nor adult branches were affected by any of the insecticides. In contrast, coral settlement was reduced by between 50 and 100% following 18 hours exposure to very low concentrations of each insecticide”.
Dr Andrew Baird of the ARC CoE for Reef Studies says “These developmental stages and events are critical points in the life history of corals. The failure of any one of these events could seriously reduce the ability of coral populations to replenish themselves”.

Close up image of a coral branch exposed to 1 µg/L of the fungicide MEMC. The brown tissue is normal but the MEMC has caused tissue death, exposing the white skeleton underneath.
Image: Andrew Negri
In addition, the study found that coral at all life stages was particularly sensitive to the agricultural fungicide MEMC, which caused bleaching in adult corals at levels so low as to be scarcely measurable.
These are some of the most sensitive biological responses to pesticide contamination in the marine environment yet demonstrated. The researchers say the real worry is that the effects of these chemicalswere found at such low levels. In addition, the high sensitivity of coral settlement also suggests current water quality guidelines may not adequately protect all coral life stages.
The team says that both state and federal governments have recognised the pesticide threat to the Great Barrier Reef where up to 80 per cent of the catchment contains some form of agriculture.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, with other government agencies, is currently overseeing the implementation of the “Reef Water Quality Protection Plan”, a ten-year $40 million program to halt and reverse the declining quality of water entering the GBR Marine Park by improving land management practices.
However such measures do not necessarily apply elsewhere in the world.
Dr Negri says that the latest IPCC climate change report provides a particular context and reasons for concern about the impact of pesticides on corals: “Corals are already under pressure from rising sea temperatures and pesticides in runoff may be causing additional critical stresses on corals especially during the early life histories such as the larval phase,” he says.
*This story was jointly released by AIMS and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

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TROUT STOCKING AND OPENING DAY http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2158 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2158#respond Sat, 07 Apr 2018 21:33:19 +0000 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2158 TODAY, APRIL 7, WE STOCKED THE LAKE WITH TROUT FOR THE OPENING DAY, APRIL 14. KEEP IN MIND THE LAKE WILL BE CLOSED TO FISHING FROM TODAY UNTIL OPENING DAY!

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TODAY, APRIL 7, WE STOCKED THE LAKE WITH TROUT FOR THE OPENING DAY, APRIL 14. KEEP IN MIND THE LAKE WILL BE CLOSED TO FISHING FROM TODAY UNTIL OPENING DAY!

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THE RELATIONSHIP OF PESTICIDES AND INFERTILITY http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2151 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2151#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2018 19:30:43 +0000 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2151 THIS STUDY FROM JAMA AND SHOWN IN THE WEBMD MAGAZINE IS STUNNING. TO SEE, CLICK BELOW: LAKE PESTICIDES PREGNANCY

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THIS STUDY FROM JAMA AND SHOWN IN THE WEBMD MAGAZINE IS STUNNING. TO SEE, CLICK BELOW:

LAKE PESTICIDES PREGNANCY

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TROUT STOCKING, SEASON OPENING, AND TROUT FISHING CONTEST http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2144 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2144#respond Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:50:58 +0000 http://woodridgelakeviews.com/?p=2144 Opening Day and Trout Stocking Announcement Spring is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about Opening Day of the 2018 fishing season. This year Opening Day falls on Saturday, April 14th. In preparation for Opening Day, the WLPOA will be stocking the lake with trout on April 7th. If conditions allow, we plan […]

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Opening Day and Trout Stocking Announcement

Spring is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about Opening Day of the 2018
fishing season. This year Opening Day falls on Saturday, April 14th. In preparation for
Opening Day, the WLPOA will be stocking the lake with trout on April 7th. If conditions
allow, we plan to stock the fish at three different access points around the lake to provide additional opportunities for shore-bound anglers. To allow the fish time to
acclimate, the lake will be closed to fishing between the stocking date (April 7) and
opening day. You can start fishing for these fish at 6:00 AM on April 14th. Come out
and enjoy a long-standing Connecticut tradition with us. Following the morning fishing
activities, members of the Fishing Committee will be gathering for a pot-luck barbeque
starting around 11:30 AM. Please stop by, share some fish stories and bring some food
or drink to share.
A second trout stocking is scheduled to occur over the weekend of April 27th. Similar to
the first stocking, trout will be distributed at three different access points around the
lake.

Spring Tagged-Trout Fishing Contest (Prize Money)

The Fish Committee is pleased to announce the inaugural spring tagged-trout fishing
contest. Three larger trout will be tagged by the hatchery and stocked during April 7th
stocking event. The contest rules are as follows:
 Pay the $20 entrance fee to be eligible for the cash prize. You must be preregistered
to be eligible to win.
 The contest will run from 6:00 AM on April 14 until 12:00 PM on Sunday, June 3,
2018.
 If you catch one of the tagged fish, you must take a cell phone or digital picture
clearly depicting yourself with the freshly caught fish. The picture must show the
tag and be date-stamped. Most cell phones automatically record the date when
the picture is taken so this should not be an issue.
 If you plan to release the fish, please cut tag off where it enters the fish. Cut only
the tag and not the fish…. If you plan to keep the trout, you can simply pull the
tag out. Present the tag and the picture of the fish to the office to be registered
for the prize money.
 Half of the monies collected for the entrance fee will be awarded as prize money
for anglers who successfully landed a tagged trout. The other half of the
entrance fee will go towards the Fish Committee budget, to be earmarked for
additional fish stocking. If only one tagged fish is landed, the angler will receive
the full half of the entrance fee total. If all three tagged fish are landed, half of the
entrance fee will be split between the anglers.
 The prize money will be awarded to the winning anglers after the contest
concludes on June 3, 2018.
Please join us by participating in this inaugural event. The committee is hopeful this will
add some excitement to the spring trout fishing season. At a bare minimum, you are
making a donation to future fish stocking in the lake.
Annual Youth Fishing Derby – Saturday, May 19th
The Annual Youth Fishing Derby is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May
19th. Similar to last year, we will be stocking trout at the boat ramp immediately prior to
the start of the derby. This provides derby participants with the opportunity to watch
and participate with the trout stocking and should increase success. There will also be
a demonstration on safe handling and release of the fish. The trout stocking will occur
between 8:00 and 8:30, with sign up and fishing to commence immediately following the
trout stocking. There will be prizes awarded for the first and biggest fish and hot dogs
and hamburgers will be served around noon. This is a great opportunity to introduce
children to the sport of fishing. We will have experienced anglers on hand to offer
advice or assistance when needed. Please come down and join us for some family fun.
Walleye Stocking
On Saturday March 17th, fingerling walleye were stocked into the lake. The walleye
arrived in good condition and swam off to deep waters. The fingerling walleye ranged in
size from approximately 3 to 8 inches. The stocked walleye will grow quickly over the
next year and should provide angling success for years to come.
The Fishing Committee

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