Aquatic Algaecide Application at New Croton, Muscoot, Cross River, and Croton Falls Reservoirs
To our anglers, boaters, and permit holders:
We hope you are having an enjoyable fishing season this year.
We want to inform you about an upcoming project to apply a second algaecide treatment to reservoirs within the Croton System. Depending on water quality data obtained this week, applications may occur on parts of the New Croton, Muscoot, Cross River, and Croton Falls reservoirs. The application is a common practice used in water supply systems to treat algae.
Starting next week, September 5th, you may notice DEP boats going back and forth across some parts of the reservoirs to apply the treatment. The algaecide (copper sulfate pentahydrate) used is not harmful to humans once dissolved in water and will not have any effects on water quality.
This year, we will also continue to remove hydrilla from the New Croton Reservoir by using fluridone, the safest and most effective option for removing this invasive weed. During the summer and early fall, anglers should expect to see additional boats on the reservoir as our contractors apply the treatment.
We continue to work with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to obtain all necessary permits for this important work. These projects will not affect the fish consumption advice provided by the NYS Department of Health (DOH).
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to further protect our reservoirs. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].