Keeping the Mascoma Watershed Clean and Healthy (4 Photos)
Terri Lynch of Enfield, N.H., tosses small buoys from a barge named the SS Milfoil to mark the locations of Eurasian milfoil plants while her husband Bud Lynch Scuba dives to remove the plants just below the surface of Mascoma Lake in Enfield on July 11, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
A Eurasian milfoil plant floats just beneath the surface in Mascoma Lake in Enfield, N.H., on July 11, 2014. The plant is an incredibly persistent invasive species brought to the lake as a hitchhiker on traveling boats. Small fragments of milfoil have the ability to take root and become full-developed plants, making complete removal from the lake practically impossible. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Bud Lynch of Enfield, N.H., looks up at his wife Terri Lynch, standing on the SS Milfoil, while he free-dives to remove Eurasian milfoil plants from Mascoma Lake on July 11, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Bud and Terri Lynch of Enfield, N.H., disembark from the SS Milfoil, captained by their friend and neighbor David Kelman, while their dog Riley drinks from Mascoma Lake in Enfield on July 11, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Bud and Terri Lynch and David Kelman, who are members of the Mascoma Lake Association, are part of a volunteer effort to monitor and combat the invasive plant Eurasian milfoil from growing in the lake. Eurasian milfoil can exclude native species in the shallow water where it lives, and lakes with introduced milfoil experience decreased property values. Mascoma Lake is part of a 195-square-mile watershed that feeds into the Connecticut River.
In the upcoming SUNDAY VALLEY NEWS, read more about the Mascoma Watershed and the efforts of local groups to keep it clean and healthy.