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Cayuga County Health Department Announces Hydrilla Treatment on Cayuga Lake


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The Cayuga County Health Department says as part of an ongoing effort to eradicate Hyrdrilla from Cayuga Lake, the US Army Corps of Engineers along with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will be applying aquatic herbicides fluridone and chelated copper in the area of Wells College Bay once again this summer.

The Health Department says there won’t be any restrictions on drinking, fishing, swimming, boating, or domestic use of treated water at the levels being applied in the lake. The initial treatment will begin today, June 24th of fluridone with a total of 7 treatments happening now through August with one possibly being chelated copper in the month of August.

Signage will be posted by the US Army Corps of Engineers along the lake at public access points when the herbicides are applied. Water which contains fluridone should not be used for sensitive greenhouse and nursery plants, newly seeded lawns, and select vegetable plants.

The Cayuga County Health Department says they will be conducting water quality monitoring of the public drinking water and the public beaches (once opened) during the treatment period. Sampling results will also be posted online once available. You can find the link, HERE.

*Feature image via US Army Corps of Engineers*

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