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Maine to use herbicide to eradicate invasive plant from lake

July 3, 2019

WINTHROP, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental regulators are planning to use a herbicide on a portion of a large lake in the central part of the state that is popular with fishermen and boaters.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it’s holding a public meeting on July 10 about the treatment of part of Cobbosseecontee Lake. The DEP says the goal of the herbicide treatment is to get rid of Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic invasive plant, in the lake.

The DEP says the aquatic herbicide would be used on a four-acre area of the 5,516-acre lake. The treatment would take one day and would result in a handful of safety advisories.

The meeting about the treatment is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Winthrop Town Office in Winthrop.

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