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Residents claim the plant is a nuisance, getting tangled in boat engines and affecting waterway navigation.
"It got to the point where people could not get out in their boats to enjoy the water," says Larry.
"But we couldn't understand what was causing it." Wood has lived on the lake since his father first bought the waterfront land in 1947.
Multiple generations of his family have settled here since, building homes along the shoreline.
"We can almost tell you the day." "It's been there ever since I was personally here," adds her husband.
"But its footprint didn't start to expand until this commercial harvesting." Starting in 2007, as the lake grew thicker with long, grassy beds, Pigeon Lake cottage owners became increasingly alarmed.
Since 2007, a group of residents of Pigeon Lake have been fighting Whetung's seeding of wild rice, claiming their shorelines are filled with the marshy plant that makes boating difficult.
They've protested, held community meetings, contacted politicians, petitioned, and formed a group called Save Pigeon Lake.
Subsequently, a private company was hired to remove the rice beds from shoreline areas.
He sells it to wineries and on the market to Peterborough." "No one should have the right to plant a crop in the waterways for his own personal gain." The Woods and other cottage owners took action, forming the Save Pigeon Lake group.
After several years of lobbying various government bodies to stop the rice farming, Wood and his neighbours were issued a permit in July 2015 by Parks Canada, which oversees the Trent-Severn Waterway.
"Our people have been using the rice for thousands of years," says Whetung.
"The rice was decimated by the government, by other groups.