Wednesday, October 18, 2017


"Chemung County DPW Schedules Annual Herbicide Program"
Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces its intent to begin its annual Herbicide Program.   Per New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) requirements, notices will be delivered to property owners who have structures on property within 150-feet of the spray areas.
Weather permitting, the annual herbicide program for 2016 will begin the week of June 20, 2016, and continue as applicable, in regard to seasonal needs.  Under a Shared Services Agreement, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will spray to control weeds and unwanted vegetation around guide rail as needed.  Vegetation control helps to ensure safety of the highway system by keeping sight lines open for drivers.  In addition to roadside mowing, the use of herbicides has long been a part of the overall vegetation management program.
Regulatory practice require that persons living along rights-of-way be given notice of intent to apply herbicides.  The Law also requires that the information from the label of the herbicide which will be applied be provided.  The label information explains what the applied material is, what weeds it is formulated to control, and the risks associated with improper handling of the material. 

Click here for a link to the products applied by NYSDOT on the County's behalf.
Click here for a map of areas where herbicide is expected to be applied along guiderails.
The County appreciates the public's understanding as they apply herbicides to the roadside.  The NYSDOT employees doing the applications for the County DPW are trained to a high standard of knowledge and are certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  The certification is only granted to individuals that pass a rigorous test given by DEC after extensive training.
Please note the legal requirement for prior notice does not provide a right to stop the application of herbicides.  If the property owner prefers that herbicides not be applied adjacent to their property, other methods of vegetation control will be investigated based on the "do not spray" agreements that are in effect in several locations.   Click here for the "do not spray" agreement.  This would entail a permit signed by the County and property owner granting the owner permission to maintain the vegetation along the property line.
If you have any questions regarding the Herbicide Program, please contact the DPW at 607-739-3896.

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