As of Monday May 23, 2016 Scott’s Cove, which drains into Lake Memphremagog in Newport, VT, is temporarily closed due to an invasive species called starry stonewort. All persons and watercraft are asked to stay out of the cove until the Department of Environmental Conservation Lakes and Ponds program is able to determine the best course of action for removing the starry stonewort.
Starry stonewort was first observed in the cove by a Vermont Invasive Patroller (VIP), who brought it to the attention of Lakes and Ponds staff in late June 2015 during a VIP practice survey on Lake Memphremagog.
The Lake Memphremagog population is the first confirmed population of starry stonewort in a Vermont water body. Thought to be a native of Europe and western Asia, it was first reported in the St. Lawrence River in 1978 and is now found in inland lakes in many states including Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, and New York. The Lake Memphremagog find is the first confirmation of an aquatic invasive “plant” new to the state since variable-leaved watermilfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum) was found in 2008 in Halls Lake in Newbury.
Remember, practicing and promoting Clean, Drain, and Dry (including a high pressure, hot water wash if available) will help prevent the transport of this and other aquatic invasive species.