The Old Lyme Land Trust says herbicides are a last resort for a problem which is growing out of control.
Christina Clayton is president of the trust which manages the Elizabeth B Karter Watch Rock Preserve. The shoreline sanctuary is being threatened by several invasive plants - and some worry the herbicides which will be used to fight them could threaten this shoreline neighborhood.
“My big concern was what's it going to do to people in the neighborhood primarily, and then secondarily what's it going to do for people who go to the preserve,” said Dave Collins, an Old Lyme resident.
The trust will use part of a 24-thousand grant to pay for three types of herbicides spelled out in this letter to residents.
“The invasives are so imbedded here that there are really no good alternatives,” said Christina Clayton of the Old Lyme Land Trust.
Neighbors here are already using bottled water because last year's storms contaminated their wells. The trust says the herbicides won't be sprayed all around but rather painted and sprayed on individual stems and leaves.
“We really don't expect this to stuff to get even on the ground much less seep through the ground and get into the ground water,” Clayton said.
Collins says separate aquifers should keep their water safe - still some of his neighbors don't want any herbicides anywhere near their sanctuaries.
“I don't think it's going to be significant as long as they do what they say they're going to do and just do the spot painting as opposed to the wide spread spraying,” Collins said.
The Land Trust hopes to start using the herbicides in the fall.
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