About 45 acres of the Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area off Lake Ontario may be treated with a herbicide to eliminate water chestnuts, an invasive vegetation.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has applied for a freshwater wetlands permit to apply a herbicide trademarked and sold as Weedar-64. Followup treatment would be applied in subsequent years, as needed.
The Lake Shores Marshes WMA includes parts of South Sodus Bay, Root Swamp, East Bay, Beaver Creek, Red Creek and Black Creek in Huron and Wolcott.
The DEC has indicated the herbicide application will not have a significant impact on the environment and it is prepared to issue the permit, but must wait until the public comment period expires. Those wishing to submit written comments on the permit application must do so by Aug. 24.