Mil-Foiler is a comprehensive, three-step program designed to combat the spread of invasive aquatic plants:
1. Prevention: Courtesy Boat Inspectors
Trained Courtesy Boat Inspectors (CBIs) staff 10 public boat launches throughout the watershed, volunteering weekends and holidays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. During inspections, CBIs share information with boaters on the importance of preventing the spread of invasive plants.
For more information about our CBI program, click here.
2. Detection: Plant Survey
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.
3. Removal: Plant Control
Our goal is to reduce existing enclaves of invasive aquatic plants. Generally, this involves three steps. First, volunteers are trained in the proper removal of invasive plants. Next, these volunteers place benthic barriers known as “milfoil mats” on top of the invasive plants, starving them of light and killing them. Lastly, our Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) team 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.