Triclopyr was initially registered with the EPA in 1979 and was reregistered in 1997. Triclopyr acid has different formulations for aquatic and terrestrial use. The active ingredient triethylamine salt (3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinyloxyacetic acid), commonly called triclopyr, is the formulation registered for use in aquatic systems. It is sold both as a liquid (Renovate 3™) as well as a granular form (Renovate OTF™) for control of submerged, emergent and floating-leaf vegetation. There is also a liquid premixed formulation (Renovate Max G™) that contains triclopyr plus 2,4-D, another aquatic herbicide.

Aquatic Use and Considerations

Triclopyr is used to treat the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum). Desirable native species that may also be affected include native milfoils, water shield (Brasenia schreberi), pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata), and lilies (Nymphaea spp. and Nuphar spp.).

Triclopyr is a systemic herbicide that moves throughout the plant tissue and works by interfering with cell growth and division. Following treatment, plant growth will be abnormal and twisted, and then plants will die within two to three weeks after application. Plants will decompose over several weeks.

Triclopyr needs to be applied to plants that are actively growing. A water body should not be treated with triclopyr if there is an outlet, or in moving waters such as rivers or streams. If there is water movement at a treated site, higher concentrations or a repeated application may be required.

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Biology and Control of Aquatic Plants 
Triclopyr Chemical Fact Sheet

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