Sent: Friday, April 11, 2008
Subject: Re: Lake Bottom Blanket Deployment
I have just received the go ahead from Gail to put the first blanket down with weights before the water comes up.
I just picked up (20) 4″x 8″x 16″ cement blocks and will attempt to deploy the first blanket tomorrow. We will put 1 block in between each rebar at the edge of the blanket. After loading these blocks into my truck, I am confident that the blanket won’t go anywhere.
As we now have approval to do the project, we will wait until the water comes up to deploy the other 2 blankets.
The reason that I am so insistent that the first blanket go down now is that in most years the Phragmites would be already re-grown by the time the water gets to the high-water mark and the Commissioners would not allow re-cutting them at that time.
The other reason is that if successful we can halt the advancing Phragmites at the edge of my beach. Thanks for your concern. I will let you know how we do and send pictures.
Subject: First blanket deployment 04/12/08
The first blanket went down with no problem, even in a light breeze. You can see the lake bottom is relatively flat in this area making it ideal for dry bottom application.
The ice is out and the dam is closed, and at the rate that the water is coming in from Big Pond I’ll bet that the lake will be full in 2 wks. or less. Only 3 1/2′ to go.
When the lake is full, we will deploy the remaining two blankets.
Thanks again for your help and let’s hope we can learn a lot about the control of Phragmites from these experiments.