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Chemical Treatment To Attack Nuisance Plants In Lake Zoar In Monroe

Lake Zoar is scheduled to undergo a chemical treatment Wednesday.
Lake Zoar is scheduled to undergo a chemical treatment Wednesday. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

MONROE, Conn. -- In an effort to control the aquatic nuisance plants Eurasian watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed, selected areas of Lake Zoar are tentatively scheduled to be chemically treated with Reward Diquat herbicide and copper sulfate algaecide on Wednesday.

Prior to treatment, the lake shoreline in the treatment areas and at public access sites will have printed signs posted in accordance with the requirements of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

A map showing the specific treatment areas will also be included at the state boat ramp and other public access sites.

Signs at the shorelines of the treated areas will list a series of temporary water use restrictions.

The list will include: no swimming in treated areas on the day of treatment; no use of treated lake water for drinking purposes for three days; no use of treated lake water for livestock or domestic animal consumption for one day; no use of treated lake water for irrigating turf or ornamentals for three days; and no use of treated lake water for irrigating food crops or production ornamentals for five days.

The temporary water restrictions apply only to the areas treated and affected by treatment.

If the treatment does not occur on Wednesday due to inclement weather, the back-up date will be July 20.

The chemical application is being conducted by the state licensed firm SOLitude Lake Management of Shrewsbury, Mass. For more information, contact Keith Gazaille at 508-865-1000.

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