Over the past few years, American Lake residents have experienced an increase in the presence of the noxious aquatic weed Eurasian Milfoil. This invasive plant has a direct impact on lake use, it can plug boat motors and engine intakes, take over swimming beaches and pose a threat to swimmers. Eurasian Milfoil if left unchecked can also have dramatic impacts on the aquatic environment.
The City of Lakewood and concerned citizens on the lake recognized this and last year applied for and received an grant from the Washington Department of Ecology to develop and Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan (IAVMP for short).
The process of developing this plan has started. The lake was mapped this past summer and a good understanding of present and potentially future infestation has been developed. The planning team has assessed aquatic plant management options for Eurasian Milfoil that are applicable to American Lake.
This web site will be used over the course of the project to keep the community informed on this process so sign up for notices and check back often to track the progress of the planning process.