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CHAUTAUQUA GROUP AGREES ON WEED-SPRAYING PLAN

After weeks of negotiations, the Chautauqua Lake Association has agreed to meet conditions set by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to get a weed-spraying program next month.

Attorney David Cook of Rochester, the lake association's counsel in talks with the DEC, said there still must be a cooperative effort over the next two weeks if a permit is to be issued. Cook said there are four points to be ironed out, including completion of a lake management plan that will be used as an environmental impact statement.

Cook, who spoke at the association's annual meeting Tuesday night here, noted the association had asked the DEC to issue an emergency permit so details of the conditions could be worked out later.

"They told us it was not possible to issue an emergency permit, indicating their procedures don't allow for it," Cook said.

He called that position "ironic, since they have done it twice in the past and could very easily do it in the future."

The association also must be certified so it can distribute bottled water during the herbicide quarantine to residents who use lake water.

Cook said there is also a question of effectiveness because of the late start of the weed-spraying program.

The association has used no herbicides for weed control for the past two summers because of its dispute with the DEC.

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