Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP) Special Project
Right now, we are facing a real and significant threat of an invasion of Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP) an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). CLP is currently well established on Rice Lake, it has been spreading down the Turtle River watershed and has recently been found in Pike Lake, less than 10 miles upstream of the TFF/Trude. Our concern is that, unless controlled, CLP will next work its way down the Turtle River to Lake of The Falls, which is directly upstream from the TFF.
The CLP invasion of Rice Lake is very significant. Last summer volunteers hand pulled over 44 tons of CLP and barely made a dent in the infestation. Should CLP make it to the TFF, it could forever make a huge change in how we all enjoy the waters of the TFF/Trude. Right now there are parts of Rice Lake where it is practically impossible to drive a boat due to the CLP infestation. The Board believes that it is likely to be more effective to try to control CLP before it has a chance to become established on the TFF/Trude.