In 2014, an aggressive invasive species of plant called variable milfoil was discovered at the boat launch in Annabessacook Lake.
Since then, the Annabessacook Lake Improvement Association (ALIA), the Cobbossee Watershed District (CWD), and the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed have worked with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to locate these invasive plants and prevent them from spreading.
Unfortunately, the problem continues to this day.
Left unchecked, variable milfoil spreads quickly—forming thick mats and proving highly difficult to eradicate. Perhaps most worryingly, a milfoil infestation would threaten recreational areas, hamper property values, and impact businesses that rely on clean, healthy lakes. Click here to learn more about invasive aquatic species like variable milfoil.
In 2018, the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed initiated a 3-year campaign to remove invasive variable milfoil, survey vulnerable areas, and educate the public. This campaign will cost an estimated $250,000 during the 2018-2020 project period.
Please donate today to support our efforts.