FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2013
CONTACT: Keith P. McKeever
ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENT
ON AGENCY GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF AQUATIC HERBICIDE
COMMENT PERIOD OPEN THROUGH NOVEMBER 7, 2013
RAY BROOK, NY * The Adirondack Park Agency is accepting 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.
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.
Eurasian watermilfoil can outcompete native plants, including New York
State rare, threatened and endangered species resulting in decreased
plant diversity and diminished habitat for fish and other aquatic
Renovate* and Renovate* OTF, are preferred aquatic herbicides for the
management of Eurasian watermilfoil because they are low toxicity,
highly selective and fast acting. They are approved for use in New York
State and primarily target dicot classified plants such as Eurasian
watermilfoil. Many native plants including pondweed, elodea, coontail,
sedges and grasses are not susceptible to these aquatic herbicides.
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.
To review the proposed Guidelines for Appropriate Use of the Aquatic
Herbicides Renovate* and Renovate* OTF to Manage Eurasian Watermilfoil,
an Aquatic Invasive Plant, please use the following link:
All public comments must be received by November 7, 2013.
Please send comments to:
Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977