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Lake group hears treatment details

TYRONE--The Lamoka Waneta Lake Association held their May public meeting Saturday, May 27 at the Tyrone fire station.
A group of some 75 people listened to Dennis Fagan update the residents on the 2017 weed treatment program details.
Fagan said the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has established a new chemical containment policy and they have decided to enforce that policy across the board with all lake associations.
Fagan said this year the chemical treatment Renovate has been applied to 93.5 acres of just a portion of Lamoka Lake and the Mill Pond area. The herbicide was applied Wednesday, May 24. (The 93.5 acres treated this year is less than 6 percent of the combined Lamoka and Waneta lake surface area of 1,607 acres).
Fagan explained that the hardest part of this treatment was the proximity of treating close to the outlet. The last time Mill Pond was treated was in 2009. Fagan said last year the weed testing showed Mill Pond was full of milfoil and the treatment will control the influx of milfoil back into the lake. Fagan expects this area treatment to last 10 years.
He said to do the treatment this year the DEC required that they contacted some 47 residents downstream of Mud Lake to the Bradford dam and Savona to alert them to the treatment and to not use any water for irrigation during the treatment time period.
Fagan said he typically likes to complete the weed treatments earlier in May, usually May 8-16, but this year with the DEC questions and the weather delays it just wasn't possible any earlier.

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