The Higgins Lake Foundation recently received a grant in the amount of $2,500.00 to help pay for the cost of Weed Removal Equipment Operations on Higgins Lake. This grant was funded from the Endowment for Higgins Lake ($1,250.00), and the Robert R. Thalner Endowment Fund ($1,250.00), both Endowment Funds of the Roscommon County Community Foundation.
A second grant, specific to the removal of the Eurasion Milfoil, was awarded in the amount of $1,466.00. This grant was provided by the Robert R. Thalner Endowment Fund ($1,108.00) and the Endowment for Higgins Lake ($358.00).
Higgins Lake is the first in Michigan to own a Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) boat and it has proved to be the most efficient and cost effective system for weed removal to date. The 2013 program, which was partially funded by these grants, successfully removed two hundred forty eight bags of the Eurasion Water Milfoil from Higgins Lake this summer. Each bag of weeds weighs 100 pounds and they are hauled away each day to be recycled into compost for use by landscapers and gardeners.