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Some call it an eyesore, others believe it is an issue of water quality. On Monday, the Orange County Water Authority discussed the issue of growing weeds in Greenwood Lake. YNN's Jessica Chen has more on the meeting.
GOSHEN, N.Y. -- Many residents living next to Greenwood Lake said they love living by the water. However, the growing weeds are starting to become a problem.
"Really, it's just a shame we got these weeds," said James Moore, a Greenwood Lake resident.
The growing weeds are now becoming an issue of water quality as well.
"You see about 8 or 10 feet of weeds and then you see pretty lake," said Moore.
Residents of Greenwood Lake said weed growth has been a major problem for the last 15 years. On Monday, the Orange County Water Authority held a meeting to discuss how to tackle the problem.
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer said the weeds stem from a chemical called phosphorous that is found in the water.
"The phosphorous is a result of inadequately sized septic tanks, faulty septic tanks," said Dwyer.
A study done by Stone Environment Inc. was discussed Monday. The group recommended replacing the septic systems.
"You could do these for $10,000 or $20,000, maybe less," said David Church, Commissioner of Planning in Orange County.
Other options discussed included a centralized sewer system or a cluster system. However, officials said that would cost more and there was not enough available land to develop it.
"The outcome of this study will be very significant and will give a lot of people some ideas as to what you can use or what tools are available to fight phosphate levels going to the lake," said Dwyer.
He said the hope is to continue discussing the options to reduce the weeds. Moore believes the issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
"This year is worse than it has been the past four years," he said.