Water Soldier Treatment MapThe 2017 waterway treatment was conducted out of a local resort located on the east side of Lake Seymour, where the staff was lodged during the project. To achieve the goal of treating up to 700 acres in the small treatment window, SOLitude provided 8 staff members with 4 treatment airboats and two support boats for the project. Each treatment airboat was run by an applicator holding an Ontario Aquatic Exterminators license, which was obtained prior to mobilization. The supply boats transferred product containers and other necessary items from the base of operations to the applicator boats as needed, and rinsed the empty containers. Each boat’s application was tracked using GPS guidance and pre-loaded treatment plots. Water soldier that occurred in proximity to treatment plots but outside the boundaries were also treated. Following completion of the work, GIS maps were submitted of all applications.
With a goal of treating up to 741 acres at the four project areas (Lake Seymour, Crowe Bay, Percy Reach, and Wilson Island) in 2017, and a spray budget requirement that treatment did not exceed that amount, SOLitude successfully treated 724 acres in 3 days, including all four project sites. The initial application in 2015 resulted in a measured ~30% reduction in infestation area within the treatment plots the following year. In 2017, based on an earlier application period and familiarity with site conditions learned in years 1 & 2, SOLitude and MNRF expect a greater reduction in regrowth in 2018. Given the nature of the application in Fall, the impact on submersed plants is not fully measurable until the following Season.