The Weeds in our Canals

Yes, it’s that time of year when the weeds in our canals are particularly troublesome. It is a seasonal issue where the winds, currents and environmental factors encourage flourishing plant growth.  The Town responds in several ways.  There are three companies that provide spraying services to the Town, South Florida Water Management District in conjunction with Palm Beach County spray certain parts of the Lake.  Lake Worth Drainage District sprays certain parts of the canal system and Lake Clarke Shores hires a company to spray portions of the canal system.

However, we need to be mindful that there are certain plants that are a protected species and cannot be killed. When those plants are in with the invasive species of aquatic vegetation, no agency is permitted to spray the invasive plants.  This has happened several times this year.

We have also tried other methods of removing plants in the canals. We have investigated submersible tablets that add enzymes to eat the plants, we have investigated small aquatic weed harvesters (dredges), and we have investigated floating booms to redirect the vegetation to other areas. None of these methods for aquatic weed control are as cost-effective as our current spraying method.

We know at this time of year it can be difficult to get your boat out to enjoy the Lake, but we’re not able to provide an effective alternative at this point in time. Staff will continue to investigate alternatives for aquatic weed removal and we will keep you apprised of any new developments.

If you have an idea on how we can address this situation, please feel free to email me your suggestions at rshalhoub@lakeclarke.org or contact me by phone at (561) 762-1969.  You may also contact the Town Administrator Dan Clark by email at dclark@lakeclarke.org or by phone at (561) 964 -1515.