Wednesday, October 30, 2013

APA Seeks Comments on Use of Aquatic Herbicides

APA officeThe Adirondack Park Agency is seeking public comment for recently proposed Agency guidance for the use of the aquatic herbicides Renovate and Renovate OTF to manage the aquatic invasive plant Eurasian watermilfoil. The comment period will run through November 7, 2013.

Renovate and Renovate OTF are aquatic herbicides used in the management of Eurasian watermilfoil. They are approved for use in New York State and primarily target dicot classified plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil.

The purpose of the guidance is to provide clear direction to involved parties on the use of the aquatic herbicides Renovate and Renovate OTF to manage Eurasian watermilfoil. Requirements include prior use of non-chemical treatments (hand harvesting, benthic barriers), limiting applications to large dense beds and long-term strategies to use non-chemical options to prevent recolonization. The guidance is intended to help achieve long-term control of the target species and avoid or limit impacts to freshwater wetlands and non-target organisms.

The Agency proposed guidance is intended to help direct management of aquatic invasive species in Adirondack water bodies in a manner that avoids or minimizes impacts to freshwater wetlands, non-target native plants and animals.

The proposed Guidelines for Appropriate Use of the Aquatic Herbicides Renovate and Renovate OTF to Manage Eurasian Watermilfoil are available online.

All public comments must be received by November 7, 2013.

Comments should be sent to:

Leigh Walrath
Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977

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2 Responses

  1. Steven says:

    The APA should make it so comments can be submitted via email, phone, and a comment board as well as mail. The likelihood of getting good responses solely via mail is very low.

  2. Charlie s says:

    Maybe this is why they want snail mail only Steven.

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