No herbicides used by Putnam County detected
By Michael Turton
An analysis of water samples from Foundry Brook found no trace of herbicides used by the Putnam County Highway Department to kill weeds along Fishkill Road, according to Cold Spring’s water superintendent. The brook provides drinking water to Cold Spring and Nelsonville.
Greg Phillips, the village superintendent of water and waste water, ordered the analysis because one of the herbicides, DuPont Oust XP, carries a warning that it should not be applied near surface water. (See Village Raises Concerns About Herbicides, June 30.)
Phillips said on July 27 that samples collected on June 30 were analyzed for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Oust XP, as well as 93 other compounds. “All sample results, for all parameters, fell below the laboratories’ detectable limits,” he wrote in an email.
Putnam County Highway Commissioner Fred Pena and Deputy Commissioner John Tully did not respond to a request for comment by press time.