Jul 8, 2015 11:55 AM

Debate over invasive milfoil in Paugus Bay in Laconia

The Associated Press

LACONIA (AP) — Authorities are planning to scale back a proposal calling for wider chemical treatment of an invasive plant in New Hampshire's Paugus Bay.

Laconia Water Superintendent Seth Nuttelman tells The Citizen city officials asked for the revised plan to treat milfoil, citing concerns about the proximity to Laconia's water intake equipment.

Nuttelman said the city's water comes from the bay, which is fed from Lake Winnipesaukee.

The revised plan will feature herbicide treatments for the Pickerel Cove and Moulton Cove sections of Paugus Bay, about three miles away from the equipment.

The New Hampshire Lakes Association says milfoil is not native to New Hampshire and is extremely difficult to control when entrenched in lake beds. It spreads quickly and displaces nearby existing native plants.

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