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Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:40 am
by Bill Edmundson
Before you leave and when you get home, Flush your engine and bilge.

The Tennessee River has Variable Leaf Milfoil. You don't want to take it home.

Bill

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:42 am
by billy c
Bill Edmundson wrote:Before you leave and when you get home, Flush your engine and bilge.

The Tennessee River has Variable Leaf Milfoil. You don't want to take it home.

Bill
trailer too...

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:21 pm
by Jimmy70
Ok what is that you are talking about. Is it something that can be taken from one place to the other...
Jimmy

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:30 pm
by Dave Grason
ABSOLUTELY!

I wrote about it when I did that article for the newsletter when Bob Maskel and I took the Chattanooga trip 2 years ago. It started out as a plant for tropical pet tanks and someone, back in the 50s, dumped their aquarium in the river and NOW look at what we've got.

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:17 pm
by kens
Bill Edmundson wrote:Before you leave and when you get home, Flush your engine and bilge.

The Tennessee River has Variable Leaf Milfoil. You don't want to take it home.

Bill
Variable Leaf Milfoil....???????? Is that something those goofy goats eat?

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:54 pm
by Grand Chillin
Guys,
I once had Variable-Leaf Milfoil (coontail) almost take over one of my ponds and it cost me dearly to get rid of it. There was a problem with it in Lake Murray several years ago. Some channels were almost blocked by it.
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/aquaff/milfoil.html

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:00 pm
by BruceDow
... something I don't want to bring back to my lake in Ontario...

I'm hoping that there are fresh water hoses for flushing the engines and rinsing the bilges?

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:26 pm
by MARK ANDERSON
Lake Simcoe ,in Ontario Canada has become home to Zebra mussels and these little fish call Asian Gobes. Terrible things and I certainly don't want to cross contaminate any of our Canadian crap in the U.S. So don't worry, I have flushed my engine after we took it from Lake Simcoe and I will give it a thorough flush before we leave the great State of Tennesse!!!

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:29 pm
by jp-hydro
Milfoil is no joke, rinse boats, motors, and trailers. It spreads like wild fire and can take over a lake if not properly delt with. A lake in my home state got infested and you couldn't go 50 feet without getting the weed tangled in the prop, which also helps in spead. It cost the state, town, and lake asso. alot of money and many years to get it under control. Don't take it home with you, your home waters will thank you.

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:04 pm
by kens
does that stuff live in salt-water? I am on Georgia coast & Atlantic ocean

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:31 pm
by Grand Chillin
Ken,
I don't think it can survive salt water. It seems to prefer slow moving clear water. It is found mainly in the midlands here in SC.

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:52 pm
by thudpucker
What's going to happen to us if we wade in that water or eat the Catfish out of it?

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:57 pm
by Grand Chillin
thudpucker wrote:What's going to happen to us if we wade in that water or eat the Catfish out of it?
You will get wet and your stomuch will get full. :roll: :wink: :lol: :lol:

Sorry Thud. :oops: It is no different than an unwanted weed in your yard.

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:17 pm
by Dave Grason
And you may develop a milfoil problem in your comode. :lol:

Re: Before You Leave

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:29 pm
by Lowka53
:lol: this plant cause allot of problems Utah has passed laws against it and zebra mussels they require certificate of decontamination of all boats in that are being put in the water