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Invasive plant found in Long Lake

Milfoil (Lakes Environmental Association)

NAPLES (WGME) -- Environmentalists are working to remove and stop the spreading of an estimated half an acre of milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, found in Long Lake earlier this month.

Milfoil has reportedly infested the neighboring Brandy Pond and the Songo River for years but was found growing in Long Lake, which had been thought to be safe from the plant.

The Lakes Environmental Association is concerned because milfoil grows and spreads very quickly, and can become dense enough to not only hurt aquatic life but also prevent swimming and boating in areas.

They are conducting the first survey at 8 a.m. Monday.

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