The shores of Lake Maloney will be treated for Spiny Naiad, an abrasive plant that has sharp leaves and branches that limits recreational activities, such as swimming, along the shoreline.

To control the growth of Spiny Naiad along the shores, Nebraska Public Power District and the Lake Maloney Property Owners Association have contracted with the company, Aquatic Controls, to treat some of the impacted shorelines and bays with an herbicide.

Weather permitting, the application will take place on Monday, June 17 and will cover most of the residential shorelines and public access areas where Spiny Naiad is growing.

NPPD Senior Environmental Specialist Justin King said the groups have worked with the Nebraska Game and Parks to research the best way to control Spiny Naiad that is safe and effective.

“Aquatic Controls, is experienced in treating Spiny Naiad and will be able to complete the application with minimal impact to activities at the lake on the day of the application,” King said.

The herbicide will be applied from a boat to treat about 40 acres of Lake Maloney’s 1,650 acres of water surface. The lake will remain open on the day of application, June 17; however, for safety and efficiency, lake goers should avoid areas where work is underway.

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