Peter Schau | Oneida Lake
“As a small lake association in need of specific and scale-able mitigation efforts to combat our growing EWM problem, we hired Aquatic Plant Management on the recommendation of their consulting peers, as well as other local AIS specialists to hand harvest EWM during the 2015 summer season. Prior to this, we utilized herbicide treatments as well as individual diving efforts to mixed results, and due to the limitations that the environment of the EWM locations presented in our lake, it became apparent that Aquatic Plant Management’s diving techniques and services were best suited for our needs.
As the President of the lake association, I was the point of contact working with Aquatic Plant Management before, during, and after their hand harvesting work on our lake and can report that they exceed both my individual, as well as most of our resident members expectations thus far. From my first contact with Andrew McFerrin, to working with Nick Johnson and crew on site, they have been nothing less of exemplary in their responsiveness, dedication, and overall professionalism in delivering to us their best effort and service as scheduled, and on budget. Their expertise and passion for their work helping fight EWM and promote healthy lakes is sincere and evident, and serves as an added benefit to their clients.
When on the lake, their workman like approach yielded consistent, steady day in day out results for work which is obviously very physically demanding, maintaining value to our organization. Both on and off the lake, they always took the time to discuss their work, share their knowledge, and answer any and all questions that anyone whom approached them had about their efforts on our lake, or EWM in general. For all of these reasons, our membership unanimously expressed their satisfaction with their services, and desire to continue our work with Aquatic Plant Management for the 2016 season.
In the uncertain and evolving landscape of EWM infestations and available mitigation options, we are optimistic that this years hand harvesting work by Aquatic Plant Management will yield effective results in lower EWM regrowth and overall presence in our lake, and best allow us to continue to manage the EWM levels in a cost effective, and environmentally sound manner until (or if) a comprehensive solution is ever found.”
Tom Macak | Forest Lake
“Andrew and the Aquatic Plant Management Team listen to your needs then tailor their program to give you the maximum result. Andrew is responsive to your inquires, easy to work with, and will go above and beyond to meet your expectations. He and the team are punctual, affable and hard working. We have been very impressed with their approach and the results.”
Jean Roach | Pelican Lake
“Pelican Lake Property Owners Association represents over 290 individuals and families on a 3,500 acre lake in Oneida Co. When EWM was discovered in 2011 we used herbicide treatment for 2 years. Then, in an attempt to control it in a more lake protective fashion, we hired Aquatic Plant Management on the recommendation of our Lake Study and Survey team. APM has hand-harvested on the lake for 3 summers, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
As the President of the lake association, I was the main person working with Aquatic Plant Management before, during, and after their hand harvesting work on our lake and can report that they exceeded my expectations, as well as most of our members. My contact with Andrew McFerrin and Christian Wahman along with working with Nick Johnson and crew on site has been a good experience. Their passion and expertise fighting EWM and promoting healthy lakes is obvious. As a group dedicated to protecting our water resource, we were pleased to find a business that shares that goal.
When on the lake, their work yielded consistent results as evidenced by the follow-up survey done each fall. Both on and off the lake, they took the time to discuss their work, share their knowledge, and answer any and all questions about their efforts on our lake. This was evident the first year and so the Association had good reason to hire them repeatedly.
Due to the nature of EWM and the impossibility of completely eradicating it, our efforts have centered on managing the colonies. We planned to hire them to harvest this summer of 2017. However, when the spring survey was done, there were so few plants found in the colonies that the recommendation was to forgo hand-harvesting for this year. We believe we owe this pleasant outcome to the fine work done by APM the past 3 years.
APM was gracious in allowing us to cancel our commitment this summer. We will certainly be hiring them again as needed based on annual surveys. We highly recommend their services.”