The Case Against ProcellaCOR in Lake George: A Timeline

The Lake George Association and Lake George Waterkeeper oppose the proposed use of the herbicide ProcellaCOR in Lake George as a way to manage the invasive species Eurasian Watermilfoil. The disagreement began when the Lake George Park Commission applied for permits for its use in January 2022. Here's what's happened since, starting with the most recent development.

March 27, 2024: NY State Appellate Court heard arguments to reverse or uphold the March 3, 2023, ruling that an adjudicatory hearing should be held before the Adirondack Park Agency can approve permits to use ProcellaCOR in Lake George. Ruling is expected in late April or early May.

March 11, 2024: Lake George Park Commission applies to NY State DEC for new permits to use ProcellaCOR in Lake George, at Blairs Bay and Sheep Meadow Bay in spring 2024.

March 4, 2024: "State should hold off on application of herbicide in Lake George" editorial in The (Schenectady) Daily Gazette calls for more scientific answers to the long-term effects of ProcellaCOR.

February 20, 2024: Lake George Association and Lake George Waterkeeper submit an objection letter to the DEC, regarding proposed use of ProcellaCOR in Blairs and Sheep Meadow bays in spring 2024. More than a dozen riparian owners, including the towns of Putnam and Dresden, notified the LGA that they also submitted letters of objection. 

January 30, 2024: Lake George Park Commission mails letters to approximately 40 to 45 riparian owners in Blairs and Sheep Meadow bays, notifying them of intent to use ProcellaCOR in those bays in May/June 2024The Commission plans to reapply for permits from the DEC and APA.

September 29, 2023: NY State Attorney General appeals NY State Supreme Court March 3, 2023, ruling that requires an adjudicatory hearing for APA permit approval for use of ProcellaCOR in Lake George.

March 26, 2023: “Make the safe decision with Lake George” editorial in The (Schenectady) Daily Gazette calls for the Lake George Park Commission to withdraw its plans for use of ProcellaCOR in Lake George on an experimental basis.

March 21, 2023: “A rush job on Lake George” editorial in Albany Times Union applauds NY State Supreme Court’s decision to require an APA adjudicatory hearing before permit approval is possible for use of ProcellaCOR in Lake George.

March 3, 2023: NY State Supreme Court voids permits for use of herbicide to kill milfoil in Lake George. Calls permit approval arbitrary and capricious without an adjudicatory hearing.

February 17, 2023: NY State Supreme Court Justice Robert Mueller heard oral arguments on whether the Adirondack Park Agency must hold an adjudicatory hearing before issuing a permit to the Lake George Park Commission to test the chemical herbicide ProcellaCOR at two sites in Lake George. 

February 13, 2023: Town of Dresden unanimously passes a resolution opposing introduction of ProcellaCOR to Lake George waters in the Town of Hague by the Lake George Park Commission and NY State DEC.

February 3, 2023:  Lake George Park Commission reapplies to NY DEC and APA for permits to use ProcellaCOR in Lake George to kill Eurasian Watermilfoil

June 13, 2022: NY State Supreme Court issues preliminary injunction on Lake George Park Commission’s planned use of ProcellaCOR in Lake George. Ruling calls out the 300 letters of opposition from the public and presence of concerned citizens at the public hearing. More than 4,500 people have signed a petition urging a temporary hold on the use of ProcellaCOR.

June 8, 2022: NY State Supreme Court hears arguments for and against use of ProcellaCOR in two bays in Lake George to kill Eurasian Watermilfoil.

May 18, 2022: Lake George Park Commission agrees to refrain from using ProcellaCOR in Lake George prior to June 15, 2022.

May 12, 2022: The Lake George Association (LGA), the Lake George Waterkeeper, the Town of Hague, and Helena G. Rice file a complaint, petition against the NY State Adirondack Park Agency and the Lake George Park Commission, claiming 2022 approval of permits to use ProcellaCOR in Lake George was arbitrary and capricious.

April 28, 2022: Ticonderoga Town Board passes a resolution “opposing the application of ProcellaCOR in Lake George until such time that the necessary scientific evidence can be gathered on the potential adverse impacts to Lake George water quality, human health, and aquatic plant and animal life.”

April 26, 2022: Lake George Park Commission votes to award contract to Solitude Lake Management for the application treatment of ProcellaCOR use in Lake George to address Eurasian Watermilfoil.
 
April 14, 2022: Permits are approved by APA for the Lake George Park Commission to use ProcellaCOR in Lake George.

April 13, 2022: “Don’t harm Lake George” editorial in Albany Times Union calls for the APA to remember that that New York State has a history of putting things in its water only to regret it years later.

April 13, 2022: Lake George Park Commission presents its application to use the herbicide ProcellaCOR in Lake George to the APA.

April 12, 2022: Hague Town Board unanimously adopts a resolution stating its opposition to the application of ProcellaCOR in Lake George.

March 10, 2022: Permits are approved by NY State DEC for the Lake George Park Commission to use ProcellaCOR in Lake George.

January 7, 2022: Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) applies for permits to NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to use the herbicide ProcellaCOR in two bays in Lake George, Blairs Bay in Glen Burnie and Sheep Meadow Bay in Hulett’s Landing, to kill Eurasian Watermilfoil.

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