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Officials Ask DOT to Abandon Use of Toxic Herbicides Near Otsego Lake
After pressure by public officials to stop spraying a toxic herbicide along state Route 80 alongside Otsego Lake, the state Department of Transportation has tentatively agreed to instead use an organic substance, officials told The Daily Star on Monday.

The mayor is one of a chorus of voices asking the state agency to indefinitely suspend the spraying of a product called Accord XRT II, a weed killer that contains the controversial active ingredient glyphosate.

The Otsego Lake Watershed Advisory Committee has also called on DOT to abandon the use of toxic herbicides in proximity to the lake, noting it serves as the source of drinking water for residents.


 
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Lake Burrumbeet algae outbreak - A BLUE-GREEN algae outbreak has forced Ballarat City Council to close Lake Burrumbeet until further notice. Warning signs will soon be installed, advising that the popular lake is closed to all activity, including swimming, water sports, wading, fishing, extracting water for stock or domestic use. No stock or pets should be allowed to make contact with or drink the water.


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