Croton River Herbicide Treatment to Begin July 5th 2017
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will begin its herbicide treatment of the hydrilla infestation in the Croton River on July 5th 2017. Treatment is likely to continue until mid-October 2017.
The application of the aquatic herbicide fluridone (Sonar Genesis) is intended to control the growth and spread of the highly invasive aquatic plant hydrilla and reduce the plant’s long-term impacts on recreation, ecology, and water quality in the Croton River.
NYSDEC has chosen a method of control that allows for use of a low concentration of herbicide (2-4 parts per billion) that is well below NYS Department of Health and US Environmental Protection Agency recommended limits. The concentration will be carefully monitored at the Village of Croton drinking water wells and in the river itself throughout the treatment period. Updates about concentrations in drinking water samples will be posted on the project webpage along with many other project details http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/106386.html