Pat with the Weed Harvest Truck by Pat Diebel

Pat with the Weed Harvest Truck by Pat Diebel

There have been 178 loads of weeds removed from the lake so far this season. Watkins Lake East has had 105 loads removed and Watkins Lake West has had 73 loads removed. The total amount of nutrients removed from the lake is approximately 356,000 tons. The primary purpose of the harvesting program is, and always has been, to remove nutrients from the lake. Secondarily we keep the boating lanes clear then the bays and finally we do shallow water cutting. Watkins Lake is a Eutrophic lake, which means it is an older lake with lots of nutrients. Our goal is to keep it from turning into a swamp by reducing the nutrient load.

Cool weather in the early part of the season produced fewer weeds in May and June but with warmer weather and lots of rain we had heavy weed growth in July and August. Overall there were fewer weeds removed from the lake this season than last season. We are still harvesting as weather permits and expect to pull the boat at the end of this week and do winterizing and maintenance next week.

The Claudia Park dock will be pulled in early November.

By Pat Deibel, Weed Harvest Activity Manager