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Milfoil control at Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton


HOPKINTON — Sections of the beach at Elm Brook Park will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sprays to kill the milfoil plant, a weed that threatens the ecology of Hopkinton and Drew lakes.

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Elm Park will remain open, but since no swimming will be allowed, no entry fee will be charged, although normal fees will be charged for picnic shelter reservations.

According to a state Department of Environmental Services fact sheet, milfoil is an invasive weed that takes over areas covered by plants that provide food and shelter for a variety of animals, birds and fish. It is not native to New Hampshire, but is believed to have entered the state by attaching itself to a boat or trailer brought to the state. It has the potential to kill wildlife and vegetation in the lakes.
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A chemical herbicide known as CleanAmine will be used to kill the milfoil. It is approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and by the state.
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