Crews begin Lake George weed cleanup

2013-08-26T17:17:00Z 2013-10-10T16:49:04Z Crews begin Lake George weed cleanupDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

HOBART | Crews from Clarke Environmental headed to Lake George on Monday to begin treating noxious vegetation in the water.

The Department of Natural Resources gave its permission Friday to treat two types of weeds in certain areas of Lake George, according to George Balis, a regional manager for Illinois-based Clarke, a mosquito control and aquatics company.

Areas receiving initial herbicide treatment on Monday included the west and south side of the lake near the Wisconsin Street Bridge and the bayou on the west side north of the Third Street Bridge, Balis said.

Signs will be posted and there will be no restrictions on swimming, fishing and domestic use. There will be restrictions on drinking and irrigation, he said.

Balis was introduced to the public at an Aug. 14 Lake George homeowners meeting hosted by Mayor Brian Snedecor.

Shane Hric, one of about 50 residents at the meeting, said he built his house on Lake George about two years ago after looking for water property.

His family's water view remained intact until a few years ago when he noticed an increase in the weeds especially in the summer.

"All of a sudden, the lake changed unless we had had a good rain and then it would look like a swamp. For the last two years it has started getting worse in the summer months," Hric said.

Lynn Stephens, who has lived in her lakeside Cardinal Court home for 14 years, said cleanup of the lake is badly needed.

She habitually takes a rake and cleans out seaweed and other vegetation that clogs the water near her dock.

"The ducks and swans don't even come around anymore," Stephens said.

Snedecor called the meeting of homeowners earlier this month after he was taken out for a boat ride by two councilmen who pointed out the overgrowth of weeds in Lake George.

Snedecor hired Clarke to do a preliminary lake study that included an aquatics vegetation survey. Snedecor said the cost for the work being done by Clarke is in the $40,000 to $50,000 range, depending on a number of factors including what the DNR allows.

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