We have recently learned that “the earliest that our permit could be signed is Monday” (May 24th) given the travel schedules of the people involved.
On the other hand, we have been encouraged to proceed with our planning. The requisite chemicals have been ordered, and the warning signs will be printed, and we still expect to treat the lake beginning early on the morning of Wednesday June 2nd. Hopefully the permit will be issued soon, and we will be given permission to do the treatment for which we have all planned.
Questions about well water
One downstream abutter expressed concern that the triclopyr we put in the lake could find its way into his well water. At our informational meetings last summer and fall we were reassured by the DEC scientists that contamination of well water is not an issue. We have asked for further authority in support of this. Meanwhile, we offer this explanation from an informed LFA member:
If his well was properly installed the casing should be driven into the bedrock. Water filtering through the rock to the base of the well could, conceivably be a decade after first falling on the surface. Moreover, it is a misconception to believe that just because you are located near the lake that the lake is feeding your well. The water at the bottom of our wells around here could, indeed probably, comes through sub-strata totally unrelated to the lake which, in the grand scheme of things, is but a temporary, glacially induced puddle resting, almost ephemerally, on top of a massive granitic and sandstone formation. In all the literature I have seen so far about tryclophyr none has mentioned the contamination of local wells or drinking water. If the tryclophyr could hang on for as long as it would take to reach the bottom of the well, the evidence is that at the concentrations that would filter through it might not be measurable.
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