Herbicide Application at the Riverfront Restoration Site

From Nicole Roach at the USACE:

Today, September 9, 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an advisory to notify the community that, beginning this fall and continuing through October 2018, herbicide application is scheduled for the Horner Park Section 206 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project. Under the authority provided by Section 206 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, the Corps may plan, design, and build projects to restore aquatic ecosystems for fish and wildlife.

Herbicides will only be applied by individuals licensed by the State of Illinois to apply pesticides, in accordance with EPA regulations. Herbicide use is necessary for the project but will be limited only to the control of plant species that are known to harm newly-establishing and existing native plant communities. Herbicides will be selectively applied by hand through backpack sprayers or hand-held spray bottles, minimizing impact to non-target plant species. All herbicides used will be applied in full compliance with recommended methods on the EPA-approved label instructions for that particular herbicide.

Toward the end of each week, the herbicide application schedule will be available for the week to follow. Those that want to be notified were asked to provide an email address to hornerparkinfo@usace.army.mil. Please note: Schedule may change due to weather.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (312) 846-5517.

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