This exotic and very invasive plant – Eurasian Watermilfoil – has already spoiled more than 40 lakes in the Laurentians alone.
This is what the plant looks like:
Fortunately, there is none in Argenteuil. None in our lakes.
And below, this is what a lake with Eurasian Watermilfoil looks like:
We absolutely must protect ourselves against this.
It is now our biggest threat!
So, this summer, make sure that the boats brought in by renters and friends – and yours if it is used in a foreign lake – are thoroughly washed before they navigate your lake.
Same applies to paddles, fishing gear, electric motors.
Here is how to proceed. Follow these four steps: inspect – drain – clean – dry
Inspection is the most important. If you look carefully, you will probably locate exotic plants or molluscs. Drain to make sure there is no leftover water at the bottom of your kayak, for example. Clean with fresh water and a bit of bleach. Finally, let dry in the sun for a few days.
All this should evidently be done at a good distance from the lake.