ALBANY – The Post-Journal is reporting the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced that 245.3 acres of Chautauqua Lake has been permitted for herbicide treatments later this year.
All municipalities will now be able to approve the maximum amount of their specific permitted areas for herbicides Navigate and Aquathol K to be used to treat Chautauqua Lake waters. Herbicide permits have been sent to the village of Lakewood, village of Celoron, town of Ellicott, town of North Harmony and town of Ellery.
DEC officials say There will be no applications north of Long Point, along undeveloped shoreline or in areas containing critical fish spawning and nursery areas. In addition, areas treated in 2018 will not be treated this year because DEC typically does not authorize herbicide treatment in the same location two years in a row.
Whether the maximum acreage receives herbicide treatments is dependent on how five municipal boards vote during upcoming special meetings this month.