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Date: November, 2002
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SePRO Introduces Renovate® Aquatic Herbicide to aid Wetland Restoration
November, 2002 -Vibrant butterflies, boisterous bullfrogs, crashing cranes, splashing trout and the buzz of zebra dragonflies are just a few of the sounds one might hear in a flourishing ecosystem. But silence sets in when non-native species like purple loosestrife begin to thrive, literally taking over thousands of native species and ruining entire bodies of water and surrounding lands.

Not more than a month after the National Wildlife Refuge Association released its report, "Silent Invasion," documenting hundreds of thousands of acres of damaged wetlands and marshes associated with purple loosestrife, a new aquatic herbicide called Renovate®, has been EPA-approved to combat it.

SePRO Corporation is proud tointroduce Renovate®, which received Federal EPA registration in November 2002 making it the first aquatic herbicide to receive registration since 1988. "Renovate® represents the first new class of chemistry to be registered for aquatics in the last 15 years," said Steve Cockreham, Vice President of Research and Regulatory Affairs for SePRO.

Renovate®, with its highly effective systemic mode of action, provides selective control to help mend torn waterways knotted with nuisance and exotic plants including Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).

Eurasian watermilfoil and purple loosestrife, both natives of Europe, pose significant problems to the nation's fresh waterways. Eurasian watermilfoil invades lakes, ponds and reservoirs in late winter, aggressively competing with native aquatic plants and creating a dense canopy that covers and shades out existing vegetation.

Purple loosestrife, a perennial that grows up to 8 feet in height, is now growing wild in 42 states and devastating hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands and marshes. Wetlands infested with purple loosestrife often lose 50 percent of native plant biomass and many become densely covered, significantly changing the native environment. This impacts food and cover for wildlife and decreases sunlight and nutrients for native plants, posing a threat to endangered plant and animal species.

Renovate® was designed to be effective on submersed, emersed and floating aquatic plants - a feature that allows it to treat wetlands, marshes and shorelands as well as lakes, ponds and canals. "Renovate® can be used for whole lake, partial and spot treatments because it requires only a short contact period with target species," said Mark Mongin, SePRO Business Manager, Aquatic Speciality Products. The herbicide is taken up through the foliage and stems providing a unique fast-acting result suitable for partial-lake treatments.

For more information about Renovate® aquatic herbicide contact Mark Mongin, SePRO Business Manager, Aquatic Speciality Products at, or (317) 580-8299. For more information about SePRO Corporation, its products, services or technologies, call 1-800-419-7779 or visit the SePRO web site at
Renovate is a registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences and manufactured for SePRO Corporation.
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