About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

Reader Interactions


  1. Peter says

    Let’s hope in this case science wins out over fear. The USEPA, NYSDOH, NYSDEC, 48 other states,Canada, and the European have all approved the use of ProcellaCOR for the eradication of milfoil. The states of Wisconsin and New Hampshire have done extensive testing before and after its use without noting any ill effects. It is time for science to win this discussion.

  2. Stephen says

    Why not use that 52k to make a BOUNTY. Not what sort of tonnage we are talking about here, but $1-$2 per pound of captured milfoil would definitely get some crowd sourced labor out in the water to take this stuff out.

  3. Barbara says

    Lake George is classified by DEC as a AA-Special waterbody. It is a drinking water source and piped directly into hundreds of homes around the lake. Hence the need for reliable and properly scrutinized information about impacts for this lake.

    The proper hand-harvesting of Milfoil uses limbo-curtain barriers and a suction machine, and divers get the plant roots. Tiny fragments of Eurasian watermilfoil will root and create new plants. One cannot just swim around and pull out handfuls of plants; it would do far more harm than good.

  4. Jody White says

    Niles saying “we can’t even find a risk” is wild. Like, there are so many obvious risks to chemical use, you might get rid of a lot of milfoil but that alone could be bad in some cases.

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