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Department of Ecology updating lake treatment permit

North side of Silver Lake still awaiting approved permit


Last updated 11/5/2020 at 3:31pm

MEDICAL LAKE – The state Department of Ecology is proposing “three major” changes to its permit that allows lake managers to use pesticides and chemicals to treat noxious weeds and algae such as Eurasian milfoil.

“Very often… the most effective way to treat it is to use a pesticide to initially melt it down and then go with hand pulling or harvesting to keep the population down after the pesticide treatment,” Water quality general permits supervisor Nate Lubliner said. “It’s really the fact that we’ve got that tool while still protecting water quality for human health, th...

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