Attention all lake property owners
An application of the aquatic herbicide triclopyr (Renovate) to Waneta and Lamoka Lakes will begin on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Either Renovate 3 (liquid) or Renovate OTF (granular) will be used depending on location. The application will be conducted during a two day period. During this application 27.8 acres of Lamoka Lake and 28.7 acres of Mud Creek Channel will be treated. On Waneta Lake, 83.5 acres will be treated with Renovate OTF.
The water use restrictions associated with the use of Renovate aquatic herbicide are:
- Use of water for human consumption is prohibited following application until the Renovate concentration falls below 50 parts per billion (ppb) by laboratory analysis. Known potable water users will be notified when the safe level is reached.
- Swimming and bathing are prohibited for 3 hours following application.
- There are no restrictions for fishing or use of fish caught.
- Treated water may not be used for irrigation purposes for 120 days after application or until residue levels of Renovate 3 are determined by laboratory analysis to be 1 ppb or less.
- There is no restriction on the use of treated water to irrigate established grasses. If you rent out your property during the time of application, it is your responsibility to notify renters of the applicable restrictions.
- For persons affected by potable water restrictions, the Lamoka-Waneta Lakes’ District Commission will provide potable water, as needed, following treatment. Those affected by this restriction may also request potable water for up to 30 days following treatment.
Latest information on dam issue
April 30, 2015 - NYSEG was down on Monday to clear debris from one of the jammed gates. Unfortunately, their attempts to clear the area were unsuccessful. Try as they might over a two hour period, they discovered that the problem appears to be deeper. They will probably have to get divers down to the base of the dam to investigate the problem. Inspection is showing that there are several issues with both gates and extensive repair work will be necessary. In the meantime, one gate is opened about 6 inches because it won’t close down due to the jammed debris. The other gate is down but there is some seeping going on with that one. NYSEG is returning with equipment, manpower and supplies to repair these issues, I might add, at their expense, not ours. Please be understanding. Everything that is humanly possible is being done to solve the problem which was created by nature and the aging of the dam. Patience is a virtue for a reason! -Terry Allison, President LWLA
Waneta Lake, once known as "Little Lake," is a small lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The lake straddles the border of Schuyler County and Steuben County, and is within the towns of Tyrone and Wayne. Waneta Lake is 3.5 miles long, north-to-south, half a mile wide and lies just east of the southern branch of Keuka Lake. Lamoka Lake, once known as "Mud Lake," rests south of Waneta connected by a .7 mile channel that flows through Waneta-Lamoka Wildlife Management Area.