Divers spent 160 hours cleaning milfoil from Lake Salem this summer

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Salem Lakes Association, in partnership with the town of Derby, completed a busy season managing an invasive aquatic plant.

Eurasian Water Milfoil was first found in Big Salem in 2017.

Over the summer, divers worked 160 hours during 45 dives in the lake between June and September.

The association says divers pulled over 1,400 plants at 11 different sites around the lake.

Hundreds of volunteer hours were donated including the use of several private boats to complete the work.

Diver and related costs were covered by a $6,000 grant from Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

In addition, the association received a generous allotment from the town of Derby, as well as proceeds from their annual coin drop and donations from lake association members.

If you’d like more information or to learn how to get involved, get in touch with the lake association online by visiting: www.salemlakesvt.org or email: Salemlakesassociation@gmail.com

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