The Cayuga County Health Department yesterday (August 15) alerted residents that an herbicide used to treat the invasive plant hydrilla was applied prematurely on part of Cayuga Lake near the town of Genoa.
Health officials say the mistake was due to a communication error.
According to a press release from the health department, an agent known as ‘Endothall’ was applied near Don’s Marina in Genoa a week ahead of schedule.
Residents are advised not to swim in that area until at least after noon today (August 16), which is when the department says the chemical will be safely mixed with the water.
The health department doesn’t expect any public water system intakes on any part of the lake to be impacted.
No restrictions were set for fishing and boating, or for using the water for irrigation or to water animals.
Any specific questions or concerns can be directed to the Cayuga County Health Department by calling (315) 253-1560.