The Coventry Courier's Jennifer Swanson wrote a front-page story on June 24 about the Lake Mishnock Preservation Association's
work to fight invasive weeds in Lake Mishnock. Below are some excerpts from that story:
It took a whole lot of work and a whole lot of pasta but The Lake Mishnock Preservation Asociation (LMPA)
achieved success last week in the form of a few biologists and a little propeller boat.
LMPA, organized officially only a few months ago, managed to raise enough public support and money to initiate
a weed abatement program for Mishnock this year.
The project has instilled a renewed sense of community in Mishnock's neighborhoods.
Several fundraisers, including a pasta dinner to which 445 tickets were sold, and a number of generous
cash donations generated the necessary capital: $ 8,760.
The town council added a new line item to its 2005-06 budget "Wetlands Restoration," to which $2,500 was allocated.
That sum will help support LMPA treatment in 2006.
LMPA President Dan Albro said the assocation signed a three-year contract with Aquatic Control Technolgy Inc.
to treat the lake for its invasive milfoil and white water lilies.
The group plans on holding more public meetings and educational forums with the intent of increasing the area's
"The board right now is really only acting as a steering committee," said Dan Albro. "When our
three-year contract expires with Aquatic Control Technology, the board will come up for vote."
"People have gotten to know each other through this," said Albro. "We've make a lot of positive changes so
far and it's only going to get better."
LMPA appreciates the coverage The Coventry Courier has given to this important community effort.