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Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Herbicide Treatment On Chautauqua Lake To Begin June 11
the completion of impact statements and requirements from the state
Department of Environmental Conservation, dates of herbicide application
on Chautauqua Lake have been scheduled, the Chautauqua Lake Partnership
served as the lead agency in hopes of getting herbicide use as an
options for several towns and villages and was required to facilitate a
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.
use of herbicides now rejoins weed harvesting in the Chautauqua Lake
weed management toolkit as in other parts of New York state and the
country after what has effectively been a 25-year absence," the CLP said
in a statement.
the completion of the SEIS, the state DEC issued permits for herbicide
use on 191 acres of the lake, covering eight of the 11 proposed
treatment areas. Locations not approved, according to the partnership,
include near Bemus Point, between the ferry landing and Interstate 86
bridge; Point Stockholm/Greenhurst; and Stow, between Tom's Point
wetlands and the I-86 bridge.
The CLP said herbicide treatment will take place Monday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 12.
notifications, including areas to be treated and water use
restrictions, will be distributed by letter to property owners around
the lake and downstream and others specified in the permits, through
media notices and sign postings at access points.
its statement, the CLP said, "Herbicides were used by the DEC and the
Chautauqua Lake Association in conjunction with CLA weed harvesting to
successfully manage invasive weeds in Chautauqua Lake from the mid to
late 1900s. A DEC-required Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
supportive of such treatments, the only such requirement in the state,
was completed in 1990.
"Due to "onerous permit conditions and threats of lawsuits by local opponents the CLA ceased treatments in 1992."
limited, 70-acre Burtis Bay treatment by the town of Ellicott and
supported by the CLP, was successfully completed in 2002. However, the
partnership said DEC "then required an update to the 1990 SEIS before
further permits would be granted."
CLP supported a 30-acre herbicide treatment by Ellery and Bemus Point, a
DEC supervised Data Collection Project, in three areas of Bemus Bay in
June 2017. No weed harvesting was required in the Bay after that
results, including the effectiveness of invasive weed control and the
success of potential impact mitigations, were reported to the DEC for
use in the 2018 SEIS," the CLP said in its statement.
Draft SEIS was issued by Ellery on Feb. 8 of this year. Copies of the
Draft SEIS and all Appendices were provided to the DEC, the villages of
Lakewood, Celoron and Bemus Point, and the towns of Busti, Ellicott and
North Harmony, Chautauqua County and 45 other agencies and
organizations. A public hearing was held on March 1 to obtain verbal
comments and written comments were accepted through March 16.
than 800 comments from agencies, organizations and individuals were
addressed in the Final SEIS issued by Ellery on April 5. The State
Environmental Quality Review Act process was completed April 17; the
total cost exceeded $250,000.
a parallel path to SEIS development and SEQRA completion, nine permit
applications for herbicide treatment along eleven Chautauqua Lake
shoreline communities were submitted to the DEC by the towns of Ellery,
Ellicott, Busti and North Harmony and the village of Celoron on March
16. Letters describing treatment plans were sent to over 2000 shoreline
property owners with only 10 letters of objection returned to the DEC.
partnership said permits have been issued and "targeted herbicide
treatments will be completed in the eight permitted treatment areas on
June 11 and June 12 to the extent individual and municipality funding is