To the editor:
Tupper Lake's town board and Preserve Associates are promising to rid the Tupper Lake region of black flies. There were a few problems in 2006 and again now with this concept that proposes to apply pesticides systematically to all the local streams from ice melt through mid-July. It would also cost in excess of $30,000 each year, according to a recent Adirondack Enterprise article.
The town board is considering hiring Bioconservation Inc. or another, lower bidder to apply "Bti" (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis). This pesticide has a warning label that specifically states: "Do not apply to finished drinking water reservoirs or drinking water receptacles."
Fortunately, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation requires that all landowners be notified in advance to give their approval (or not) for contractors to survey, monitor, inspect and treat streams containing black fly larvae located on or near your private property.
Even if repeated applications worked well or were absolutely safe, it seems likely that other black flies will be carried on the wind for miles and will be a North Country nuisance anyway in their natural season.
The Bioconservation Inc. pesticide contractor told me in 2006 that the main goal was to get rid of black flies around the golf course. She also acknowledged that if they couldn't treat the Little Simond side of Mount Morris, the program would definitely not work.
On average, almost 60 percent of Tupper's drinking water is withdrawn from Little Simond Pond. Does this make sense to potentially poison the pristine water supplies?
I would urge that town of Tupper Lake and Preserve Associates save their money and protect our local water supplies.
Curtis Read, president
Little Simon Properties Inc.