Many lake groups struggle with invasives

To the editor:

(Re: APA project 2012-219: application of triclopyr on Loon Lake to control Eurasian watermilfoil)

This letter is sent to encourage the Adirondack Park Agency to please strongly consider approval of the Chester/Loon Lake application, without further delay of a public hearing, as requested by the Adirondack Council. Many, if not all, of the lengthy concerns presented have been addressed by not only the APA but by the folks at Lake Luzerne and Loon Lake prior to and during the application process.

To further delay this application will serve only to exacerbate the problem. Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) will take over more native and “protected” species. With all due respect to the Adirondack Council and Mr. Lorey, the stakeholders who have been struggling with the EWM problem for many years and at much cost do not take this process lightly.

Although I am not a resident of the town of Chester or Loon Lake, I am a partner in their struggle. Schroon Lake is a sister lake, and Horicon is a neighboring township. We all fight this invasives battle together.

The Adirondacks are not “the test case” for this procedure. It is, and has been for quite some time, used outside of the Blue Line and in other states. The precedent that is being set is to err so far on the side of caution as to do nothing, or to delay doing until such time as we have no native plants and unnavigable waterways. Please respect that the town of Chester and Loon Lake Association have done their due diligence, and approve their application without further delay.

Jane B. Smith, president, ESSLA (East Shore Schroon Lake Association)