CHAUTAUQUA LAKE – A number of towns and villages along Chautauqua Lake have received DEC permits to use herbicides in the battle to control harmful algae blooms.
In a notice posted about the herbicide application, officials said the Towns of Ellicott, Ellery, North Harmony and Villages of Lakewood and Celoron have received permits from the DEC to use herbicides.
If the towns choose to use herbicides, treatment is scheduled to start May 15, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The municipalities will be required to post applications of treatment on their website and at public access points along the waterway.
During the treatment, restrictions on swimming and irrigation use will be placed on Chautauqua Lake, the Chadakoin River and parts of the Conewango Creek.
As of Thursday, May 9, no towns or villages have posted notices on their websites. WNYNewsNow will continue to follow for developments.