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Lakes will receive weed killer again

LAMOKA, WANETA LAKES—After a weed killer, Renovate OTF, was successfully used in Waneta and Lamoka Lakes, the Schulyer County Legislature is now looking to continue the process.
The lakes were initially treated back in the spring of 2008 as part of a two-year treatment program. The effects of the Renovate on the invasive Eurasian milfoil weed were studied by Cornell University and a report was finished in November. According to John Cole with the Department of Environmental Conservation, the treatments did their job and the milfoil in those areas was removed. Even before the study was finished, preliminary looks at the lakes showed that milfoil levels had decreased, but also in untreated areas.
“There was some collateral damage,” said Cole. Some native species of plant life in the lakes was killed off, but those species have since grown back.
“Cornell was pleased with the survey,” said Dennis Fagan, Schuyler County legislator and head of the committee concerning treatment. He explained that there were parts of the lakes were the native plants rebounded in abundance.
The legislature will be accepting bids for Renovate treatments until Wednesday, Feb. 18. Fagan said once the legislature has a low bidder selected, they will complete the application process to the DEC at the end of February.
“I don’t see any major problems with the DEC,” said Fagan.
He said that less than three percent of Waneta Lake’s volume and 10 percent of Lamoka Lake’s volume will be treated. Parts of the channel connecting to lakes and Mill Pond will also be treated. Fagan added, “The DEC seems to like that.”
Renovate OTF is a granular herbicide that attacks the roots of the milfoil. According to the DEC, Eurasian milfoil can be found in almost every state. It is native to Europe, Asia and Africa. It is described as being three to 10 feet long in length, “often forming dense mats on the surface.” It is spread by seed and most commonly by plant fragments.


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