Winter January 2013


Loon Lake Park District Association
2013 Letter from the President

Date: January 6, 2013

To: All Loon Lake Park District Residents

From: Ed Griesmer, President, Loon Lake Park District Association

Subject: Control of Eurasian Milfoil in Loon Lake

All property owners with frontage on Loon Lake, Chester Creek (down stream) and property owners with riparian rights to Loon Lake were recently sent two notices regarding the Town of Chester’s permit application for the controlled use of the herbicide “Renovate OTF in a 15 +/- acre portion of Loon Lake at the southern end, near the dam.  

  1. Adirondack Park Agency – Major Project Public Notice, Application Received, APA Project No. 2012-219.
  1. The Town of Chester, NY - A letter from Frederick H. Monroe, Supervisor, which provides some history and additional information on our effort to control the spread of Eurasian Milfoil in Loon Lake.  

For the past two decades, the LLPDA has been very active in providing information on Eurasian Milfoil, controlling and monitoring access to the lake, providing volunteers to hand harvest and mat milfoil and gaining support from the Town of Chester to hire and fund a lake manager to supplement our volunteer efforts.  We have partnered with the Town of Chester in developing a lake management program focused on protecting our lake from milfoil and other invasive species and we are in agreement with the proposed treatment plan of using Renovate OTF.  Despite our best efforts, milfoil has grown substantially into several dense beds at the southern area of our lake. 

In December, the LLPDA Board of Directors voted unanimously supporting the Town of Chester’s permit application to the APA and NYS DEC for the use of the herbicide Renovate OTF in Loon Lake.  As with all applications, there is a short period of time where the public can either object or provide support for the application.  We encourage our members to write and go on record to support this application. 

Please take the time to read the article which appeared in the Glens Falls Post Star on December 21st by clicking  the attached link:

http://poststar.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-time-to-step-up-milfoil-fight/article_c9648058-4b1f-11e2-ba52-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Please send your comments to: 

Mr. John Bennett
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Region 5 Pest Management
232 Golf Course Road
Warrensburg, NY   12882 

Mr. Edward S. Snizek and/or Leigh R. Walrath
Adirondack Park Agency
P.O Box 99
NYS Route 86
Ray Brook, NY   12977 

This proposed treatment plan, if approved, will have a very positive effect on our entire lake, not just those areas being treated.  The money saved with the use of Renovate OTF will help provide more time, money and effort for clearing milfoil in other areas of the lake and will help in preventing the spread of milfoil fragments from the targeted area as currently occurs from boater traffic. 

Thank you in advance for your continued support.   We will continue to provide more information on the status of the project.  Should the project be approved, additional details will be forthcoming regarding timing, temporary restrictions, etc.

Ed Griesmer

President, LLPDA
egriesmer1@gmail.com

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