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Water weeds overtaking Spring Lake

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM)-- The summer weather has been great for those who live on or spend time enjoying Spring Lake. But all the sunlight is also adding to what some say is the biggest weed problem in a decade.

"It has come on strong this year," says Emil VanCura of Ferrysburg.

He says the weeds blanketing the lake bottom are almost solid near her dock.

"[It's] the worst I have seen it since [19]90," she says.

But the out of control Milfoil weed growth isn't just on his side of the lake. Spring Lake President John Nash sees it behind his home too.

"Who was to expect a summer like this," Nash says. "I think because of the unusual warmth and some heavy rain events, we have had more weed growth then we have had in previous summers."

The warm weather and sunlight contributed to the weed's boom, as well as a treatment to the lake. The lake board spent $1 million five years ago on a treatment to cap the lake bottom. Nash believes the result is clearer water.

"So since the water is cleaner, the sun can penetrate and so the rooted Milfoil becomes a problem," says Nash.

The thick weeds are an additional challenge for fisherman Brad DeMinck.

"It gives the fish more cover," says DeMinck.

But he says there is one benefit; larger than normal schools of fry, which he will be trying to catch in a few years.

Two weed control treatments have been applied this year to the lake; a third treatment on Monday will focus on another 13 acres. Parts of the lake will be closed for swimming for one day and closed for irrigation for three days.