Fighting invasion by milfoil: Save Sebago Cove launches state-of-the-art suction harvester

When: Tuesday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.

What: Come aboard as Save Sebago Cove launches its new state-of-the-art suction harvester built this summer to fight invasive milfoil in the state's second-largest lake. Members from the environmental group will be removing milfoil from the cove to prevent further infestation of the plant, which crowds out native species, alters fish habitat and destroys recreational waterways.

Save Sebago Cove has been combating the nasty plant for several seasons, but this year had the help of federal funds through the Maine Milfoil Consortium to build and launch a harvester. Saint Joseph's College wrote and administers the grant funds. In Sebago Lake alone, one of 7 test lakes, 18,000 pounds of milfoil have already been removed this summer.

Who: Group members will show how suction harvesting works, divers will demonstrate their role in removing the plants on Sebago Cove and aquatic ecologist Jackey Bailey, the coordinator of the Maine Milfoil Consortium, will talk about the plant's impact and how best to combat it.

Where: Sebago Pines Association beach in Naples. Take Route 302 to Naples, take left at Lake House Road, go 1.6 miles; turn left onto Gore Road and go 0.7 miles; take a right onto Shaw Hill Road to end; bear left onto Beach Road; boat launch is on the right. NOTE: This is not the Naples town beach.

More information: Charmaine Daniels, 893-7723