For those in the North Adams area that enjoys heading to Pittsfield’s Onota Lake, it will be closed for all water activities this coming Monday August 10th.  The lake will be treated with aquatic herbicides according to the press release from the Office of the Mayor in Pittsfield.

The treatment is used to control Eurasian watermilfoil and other nuisance vegetation.  Boaters can boat, swimmers can swim and fireman can fish beginning again on Tuesday morning August 11th.

The complete press release is below…


70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Notification of Aquatic Treatment Onota Lake PITTSFIELD, Mass. (Aug. 5, 2020) – Onota Lake will be chemically treated with aquatic herbicides on Monday, Aug. 10 to control invasive Eurasian watermilfoil and other nuisance aquatic vegetation. The lake will be closed to all water uses, including swimming, fishing and boating, on the day of treatment. These uses may resume on Tuesday morning, Aug. 11. Use of the lake water for irrigation (watering lawns, gardens or plants of any kind) is prohibited for five days post treatment. Printed posters warning of these and other temporary water use restrictions will be posted around the lake shoreline in advance of the treatment.

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