The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Watershed Management Division, Lakes and Ponds Management and Protection Program has just released a new document entitled “Permitting Aquatic Herbicide Projects in Vermont”.

The Vermont DEC describes that the purpose of the document is to:

  1. Provide background information about DEC’s Aquatic Nuisance Control (ANC) permitting program, with a specific focus on aquatic herbicide projects;
  2. Identify some of the recent findings related to ProcellaCOR; and
  3. Provide a Q&A section on this topic reflecting common questions that DEC receives about our ANC permitting program

The document details Vermont statutes, the permitting application and technical review process, and the departments and agencies involved in the permitting process.

It also discusses key findings on ProcellaCOR EC, including: a pre- and post-treatment statistical analysis of the aquatic plant survey data from Vermont waterbodies treated with ProcellaCOR, an Aquatic Toxicity Review memorandum performed by a DEC Environmental Scientist, a Macroinvertebrate Survey conducted by the New York DEC, a review memorandum performed by a Vermont State Toxicologist from the Vermont Department of Health detailing a review of ProcellaCOR’s confidential statement of formulation, an acknowledgement from the DEC’s Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division, and much more.

Finally, the document contains 16 frequently asked questions posed to the DEC about these topics with their answers.

The Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds would like to thank the Vermont DEC for issuing this informative document to clear up misconceptions and misinformation being spread through newspaper commentaries and online postings about the State’s permitting process and the use of ProcellaCOR.

This new document can be viewed here: Permitting Aquatic Herbicide Projects in Vermont
Permitting Aquatic Herbicide Projects