Benthic Barriers (or Mats)
There still remain many unanswered questions about aquatic invasive plants in Pleasure Lake, but we are certain that a multi-faceted approach will be necessary to help manage this problem.
While the best control strategy for non-native nuisance plants was prevention, once exotic weeds are introduced to a lake, their control is extremely difficult. Herbicide management is not a silver bullet, and long term management is essential. All members will need to be part of this effort.
The FF&BC Board of Directors and AIS Management Committee are considering the use of benthic barriers as part of the comprehensive AIS management strategy for Pleasure Lake. The files and information below are provided to give members a view of what benthic barriers are and to describe how benthic mats are built and maintained so that members can consider them for localized control near their member lots and perhaps for other areas around Pleasure Lake. Right now, benthic mats may not be installed without Board of Director approval. The AIS Committee will be testing various designs and will develop a protocol for the use of benthic barriers so that they can be used on a wider scale (if appropriate) in the 2017 season.