INSTRUCTIONS FOR NET CLEANING
The Symonds family on Balch Hill Road has graciously allowed BLIMP to use their property, which is located just downstream of the net, as the storage and launching point for the boat we use for net cleaning.
To access their property, turn off Province Lake Road at the green sign with white letters, “Joe-Del Drive”. As you make the turn, proceed straight on Balch Hill Road, which is indicated by a carved wooden sign; do not bear right onto Joe-Del Drive.
The third driveway on the right is the Symonds; their name is written on a fish-shaped sign at the top of the drive. You can park near the house.
Walk down on the left side of the house to a dock extending out into the river on your left. You will see an aluminum barge-bowed boat leaning against a tree; this is the boat you will use to access the net. Under the boat you will find a paddle and a box of plastic bags. Use the paddle to get out to the net, which is just upstream of the dock, and put the weeds snagged by the net into the plastic bags.
Many volunteers bring a couple of 5-gallon buckets to put the weeds into, tipping out the water before transferring them to the plastic bags. It's easier than trying to stuff the weeds directly into the bags.
As you work your way along the net, remove all the vegetation you find snagged. Don't worry about what is milfoil and what isn't. You won't be able to tell because all the vegetation is clumped together, and taking everything makes the job go faster.
When you have cleaned the net, paddle back to the dock, offload the weeds (some people take the 5-gallon buckets away, some put them into the bags) and pull the boat back onshore. Leave it as you found it, leaning against the tree with the paddle and bags underneath.
Take the weeds away from the water, and away from the Symonds property, to dispose of them. Some volunteers put the weeds on their burn pile, others dump them in woods on their property. The important thing is to be sure they can't get back into the lake.
Thanks for your efforts to help us control the danger that milfoil represents to the value of our property on Balch Lake.
NET CLEANING SCHEDULE—2015
NH Department of Environmental Services recommends that the net be cleaned two times each week.
Ba-Lak: June 21-June 27
Balch Pond Acres: June 28-July 4
Jennifer Lane: July 5-july 11
Lakewood: July 12-July18
Ridge: July 19-July 25
Shady Nook: July 26-Aug 1
Wyman's Point: Aug 2- Aug 8
Shepard's Island: Aug 9-Aug 15
Balch Hill rd: Aug 16-Aug 22
Walden: Aug 23-Aug29
Whitehouse Rd: Aug 20-Sept 5
Wise Cove: Sept 6-Sept 12
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