first general meeting to discuss rampant weed infestation in Lake Mishnock was held at the Lake
Mishnock Volunteer Fire Department on August 12, 2004. The meeting offered an opportunity for 70+ area residents to voice their concerns. In response to that meeting and several others, The Lake
Mishnock Preservation Association, Inc. (LMPA) was formally established in March 2005.
Invasive weeds, which
already choke Little Mishnock, are spreading over the entire lake. These invasives have created a crisis, and action
is needed. In order to learn more about combating invasive weeds and to obtain professional advice, LMPA
consulted with the nearby Tiogue Lake Association, which had similar problems, and with two lake-treatment businesses. As
a result of these consultations, LMPA authorized Aquatic Control Technology to seek the required permits from the
Department of Environmental Management. Another general meeting was held April 19, 2005,
at the Mishnock Barn (200 Mishnock Road, West Greenwich) and provided the public with detailed information on
the lake's condition, and the proposed treatment. Permits were approved and treatment applied in June.
results have been excellent. Many residents on the lake have commented on the reduction of weeds. One said, "I haven't
been able to swim from my dock in five years, but I can now!"
|Jim Wahl's 7 lb bass
|caught July 2010
The pictures below show the contrast between spring and fall. While the leaves' color changes are beautiful,
the out-of-control weed takeover is alarming. Area residents are shocked at the dramatic changes in the last
few years. Little Mishnock, the smaller of the two joined ponds, is too dangerous for boating or swimming, especially
for children, who could become entangled in the dense web of weeds.