The following are questions and answers regarding the planned herbicide treatment. We'll be updating this often, so check back for new information.
The shoreline information was taken from the distance printed on Cortland County Real Property Tax map. If you have a deed or survey that says differently, we will use that information.
The treatment distance may be decreased to as little as 50’ in your area. However, since the Milfoil is growing in deeper water than most other areas, it requires the same amount of herbicide, due to dilution, as 100’ in areas where the depth does not exceed more than 5 or 6 feet.
No. See explanation in No. 2.
No. This is DEC approved. A final “Notification Letter” will be sent to all riparian (lake shore) owners prior to the treatment explaining everything.
The Department of Environmental Conservation.
No. Just in the treated areas, which are a lot of the upper part of the lake. However, with full shoreline participation, it will dramatically reduce the spread of the weed due to pieces traveling in the current, settling to the bottom, and re-rooting.
Yes, many other people do use the lake. However, by doing this we will demonstrate a realistic tangible method to control this invasive species that will benefit everyone, not just us. With these proven results, that will get the County’s attention, we have a much better argument to push for a regular budget line item that may pay most or all of a regular on-going effort that can realistically return the lake to the condition it was as little as six years ago.
During 2015-16 we updated the original lake management plan that was developed in 1996. This plan identified our priorities and the possible tools to use to achieve those priorities. This is an ongoing project that will require years of sustained effort. You can view the executive summary with updates here or you can view the full lake management plan here.
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