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Weed removal program doing the trick on Lake Hallie


Lake Hallie (WQOW) - Lake Hallie has a fresh new look, thanks to a new partnership.

In the past, Lake Hallie has been covered with blankets of green algae and milfoil. But thanks to Jesse Morley, the man hired to harvest the weeds, and some funding from the Village of Lake Hallie and Chippewa County, the lake has taken on a new shine.

Previously, workers using a weed removal machine were only able to go out twice a week and get one or two loads each time. Morley goes out five times a week and gets three to four loads per day. Each load is about five tons of algae and milfoil.

"Pretty much, in years past, you would see a whole mat of algae out there, and it looked like you could walk across it, and people didn't want to fish it," said Morley. "The back of the lake has never looked that clean. I've been on this lake since I was 12 years old and it's awesome."

There's also a plan to introduce a small aquatic beetle which may provide a better long-term solution for the lake.

"In August, they are going to be introducing weevils, and they are a bug that actually eats these weeds," said Morley. "Lake Holcombe had a grant for five years to introduce these weevils to actually get rid of the weeds."

In just two weeks, Morley has removed 135 tons of algae and milfoil, far exceeding the amount removed all of last year. The weeds get put to good use. They're taken to a large compost pile.

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