The Towns of Busti, Ellery, and North Harmony have received permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to use the aquatic herbicides Aquathol K (endothall), Navigate (2,4-D), and Renovate 3 (triclopyr) to control Eurasian watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed in areas of Chautauqua Lake that border each of the Towns’ respective jurisdictions.
Depending on how much funding for the project is available, the application of herbicides will take place June 11 and 12 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Notification of the application of the treatment will be posted at public access points on or before the day of the application.
The time-frames for restrictions on water use start as soon as the treatment has been completed. Information on water use restrictions, including when those restrictions are lifted, will be posted on the website of each Town that undertakes the application of herbicides.
The permits and a map of the application sites and affected areas are available at the respective Town Halls and may be viewed during each Town’s normal business hours.
The Herbicide product labels are available at SolitudeLakeManagement.com, the website of the company hired to apply the herbicide.
Funding for the application has been in question and it appears each local municipality will have to decide whether or not to use any of its reserves to pay for the treatment.