Permit about to be issued!

We had been told to expect action on our herbicide permit application by today, May 14th.  Although the permit has not yet been issued, the DEC has sent us some of the notification information so that we can get started.  The permit will require that notice be delivered to owners of property abutting the lake and its outflow.

The following is the letter as proposed by the DEC.  Some of the information is clearly incorrect, and will be changed, for example the reference to Aquatic Control Technologies as the consultant/contractor rather than Lycott Environmental, Inc.  There is reference, too, to a “spot/partial lake treatment” which is not what we applied for, and to “the third year of a five year plan” which is also incorrect.  Because the letters have to be mailed fifteen days before the date of the herbicide application, they have to be done by next Tuesday,  May 18th, so we can expect to have more answers very soon.

Details will be posted here as we get them.

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Informational Notice and Map

The Lake Fairlee Association anticipates receipt of an Aquatic Nuisance Control Permit to Treat Portions of Lake Fairlee with the Aquatic Herbicide, Renovate OTF.

The Target Date for the Treatment Is [June 2nd, we hope], 2010.

The Exact Date Will Be Posted On Signs around the Lake
& at the Fairlee, Thetford and West Fairlee Town Offices.

Lake Water Use Restrictions

  • There shall be NO USE of Lake Fairlee and the outlet stream downstream to it’s confluence with the Ompompanoos River FOR ANY PURPOSE, including boating, fishing, swimming, domestic (household) use or irrigation, on the day of and the entire day after the treatment,
  • Swimming/wading, boating, fishing and domestic use (except drinking or for food or drink preparation) may resume the beginning of the second day following treatment.
  • Use of water from Lake Fairlee or the outlet stream downstream to it’s confluence with the Ompompanoos River for drinking or for food or drink preparation shall not resume until water sample analyses reveal that the active ingredient in Renovate OTF (triclopyr) is at or below 75 parts per billion by laboratory analysis.
  • Use of water from Lake Fairlee or the outlet stream downstream to it’s confluence with the Ompompanoos River for irrigation, including use for watering lawns, trees, shrubs or plants, shall not resume for 120 days or until water sample analyses reveal that triclopyr is at or below 1.0 part per billion by laboratory analysis, whichever comes first.

Bottled Water will be provided, if requested, to any person restricted from using their domestic water supply for drinking or in the preparation of food or drink.  Submit requests to:  Tracy (Skip) Brown, PO Box 102, Fairlee, VT 05045 or (802) ???-????

IF A RESIDENCE OR COTTAGE IS RENTED at any time after the treatment and before December 31, 2010, the property owner is responsible for informing all tenants of the treatment and the water use restrictions.

Issuance of an Aquatic Nuisance Control Permit with conditions is anticipated from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) authorizing a spot/partial-lake treatment of Lake Fairlee with the herbicide Renovate OTF (active ingredient triclopyr). This treatment is the third year of a five year plan developed by the Lake Fairlee Association, with assistance from its consultant/contractor, Aquatic Control Technology, Inc. and approved by the DEC. The plan includes monitoring/surveillance of milfoil, hand pulling, suction harvesting and public education as well as partial/spot treatment with herbicide.

This notice serves to inform you that Lake Fairlee will be chemically treated with the USEPA and VT Dept. of Agriculture registered aquatic herbicide Renovate OTF (active ingredient triclopyr).  The target date for the treatment is [June 2, we hope] 2010, commencing at approximately 9AM. The exact date will be posted on signs around Lake Fairlee and at the Fairlee, Thetford and West Fairlee Town Offices. A map showing the treatment areas is attached. Please note the water use restrictions listed on the reverse apply to all of Lake Fairlee and to the outlet stream downstream to it’s confluence with the Ompompanoos River.

Prior to treatment, signs providing the date of treatment, warning of the water use restrictions and including a map of the treated and affected areas will be posted along the roadways in the vicinity of the Lake shoreline and the Outlet area affected by the treatment. Signs will also be posted at the Fairlee, Thetford and West Fairlee Town Offices and at access points where the public might enter or use the treated or affected areas.

The exact duration of the restrictions on using lake water for irrigation and for drinking and preparation of food and drink listed on the first page of this Notice is unknown but expected to be similar to last year. Water samples will be tested at intervals after the treatment to help determine when restrictions will be lifted.  Test results will be posted at the Fairlee, Thetford and West Fairlee Town Offices.  Do not act on these test results to make decisions about water use restrictions.  Restrictions will only be lifted by the DEC. Therefore, you must refer to the posted signs for information on the actual date that the water use restrictions will be lifted.

Please return the enclosed postcard to confirm you have received this notice. Your prompt reply will avoid the time and expense of an additional mailing or posting.  Thank you.

For Information:

Permittee                                       Co-Permittee
Lake Fairlee Association             Lycott Environmental Inc.
c/o Skip Brown                             Robert Wheaton
PO Box 102                                    600 Charlton Street
Fairlee, VT 05045                        Southbridge, MA 01550
802-33-4541                                 508-765-0101