Adirondack Park Agency Public Notice

Friends of Chateaugay Lake,

As you know, we’ve been fighting the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil on our lake for more than 15 years.  After spending almost $700,000 on various control methods, a 2021 lake-wide survey showed that although we were keeping several small areas under control (like the boat launch), overall levels of Eurasian milfoil were increasing exponentially.  The number of acres of infested shoreline has grown from 41 acres in 2002 to 685 acres in 2021–48 percent of the shoreline waters where plants can grow. Our recent brochure, which you can access HERE, provides additional details.

After a series of public meetings, meetings with local and state officials, and consulting invasive species experts, earlier this year we made the decision to apply for permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to conduct a pilot project targeting the Narrows south of the bridge with a new, safe, herbicide called ProcellaCOR EC.  It is highly specific to milfoil, has been approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the DEC, and the APA, is less toxic than coffee, and has even been used to treat public drinking water supplies. 

The DEC recently approved our permit request and the APA is considering it now.  The APA is providing an opportunity for public comment. You can see their notification letter HERE.

Through our public meetings and engagements, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback and support of our plan to conduct this pilot project, which would take place in late June or early July.  We are asking you to support our application for a permit by going to the APA website at this link HERE and filling out the form to let the APA know that you support the effort to fight invasive milfoil in Chateaugay Lake using ProcellaCOR EC.  Please fill out and submit the form (it will take less than two minutes) by Wednesday, 15 May 2024. 

Thank you for your continued support as we fight for our beautiful lake!

Sincerely,

The Chateaugay Lake Foundation Board

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