The Harrisonville Parks & Recreation Department has begun treating the lakes in the City Park for removal of lake weed, moss and “pond scum”.
The work is being done by Heartland Environmental Distributors, a company with over 40 years of research and success with their method of lake weed removal, and was approved in the 2019 budget. The process has been proved to be environmentally sa
fe for wildlife.
Officials say getting the lakes and ponds into balance will take multiple years. But, the results of the treatment will be less lake weed, which will improve the appearance of the lakes and ponds and the fishing within them.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says the treatment is an effective way to keep ponds and lakes as healthy environments for all that live within them.
“Aquatic plants are a beneficial and necessary part of Missouri ponds and lakes. Without them, most other organisms cannot survive. Plants keep the water oxygenated, provide food, cover and nesting sites, and stabilize the shoreline and pond bottom. Submerged plants grow under water, are rooted in the bottom and have stems and leaves that grow towards the surface. Several types of submerged plants are commonly found in Missouri waters. Coontail, elodea, naiad, pondweed and milfoil are examples of submerged plants in a healthy pond. Ideally, 10 to 20 percent of a pond’s bottom and surface should have aquatic plants. If more than 20 percent of the pond has aquatic plants, or if aquatic vegetation is not allowing some pond uses, mechanical, biological or chemical control methods should be considered.”