Mil-Foiler

The Friends’ comprehensive range of programs meant to combat invasive aquatic plants in our waterways.

Mil-Foiler is a comprehensive range of programs meant to eradicate & prevent
invasive aquatic plants from the waters of the Cobbossee Watershed.

Learn more about the different Mil-Foiler programs below:

Step 1: Prevention
Courtesy Boat Inspectors

Trained Courtesy Boat Inspectors (CBIs) staff 10 public boat launches throughout the watershed, volunteering from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. During inspections, CBIs share information with boaters on how to combat the spread of invasive aquatic plants.

For more information about our CBI program, click here.

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Step 2: Detection
Plant Survey

Detection is imperative for the successful eradication of invasive aquatic plants. Trained surveyors search shallow water areas for signs of invasive plants. GPS points are used to create electronic maps depicting location, area covered and density of native and/or invasive aquatic plants.

For more information about our Plant Survey program, click here.

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Step 3: Removal
Plant Control

Volunteers are trained in the proper removal of invasive plants by installing benthic barriers known as “milfoil mats” that starve them of light and kill them. Our Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) team then uses a vacuum hose to remove the dead plants from the water. Harvested plants are later incinerated.

For more information about our DASH Team, click here.

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