3:40 P.M.: Revised Permits Issued For Herbicide Use On Chautauqua Lake

The Chautauqua Lake Partnership held a lake rally Saturday where members updated the community on the status of permits by the New York State Department of Conservation that will allow the application of herbicides to eliminate overgrown vegetation in Chautauqua Lake. The revised permits were issued Friday to the partnership. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

BEMUS POINT — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued revised permits to the Chautauqua Lake Partnership to apply herbicides in Chautauqua Lake to combat overgrown vegetation.

Jim Wehrfritz, Chautauqua Lake Partnership vice president, explained at a “lake rally” Saturday morning in Bemus Point what the permits allow CLP to do in the lake. Wehrfritz said the towns and villages involved will have to pass resolutions to approve the use of herbicide “pretty quickly” so that the group can apply herbicides between June 4 and June 8, the designated time frame from the DEC.

“We have resolutions in place in most places and will be in place by early next week in the rest of the locations,” he said. “So (application) can happen in a timely fashion.”

“We’ll be able to pull it off for the towns and villages to the extent that funding is available,” Wehrfritz added.

The revised permits, received Friday, will allow the CLP and the lake management company SOLitude to apply herbicides to 191 acres of the lake. The group had sought permits for 989 acres.

There was some confusion last week about the status of the herbicide permits. The Chautauqua Lake Partnership had applied for nine herbicide application permits for the towns of Ellery, North Harmony, Busti, Ellicott and the village of Celoron. On May 15, the partnership received three permits approving herbicides in about 180 acres of the lake, but word quickly spread last week that the permits had either been rescinded or were being reworked.

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