Draft 2019 Aquatic Plant Management Plan available for public review

by | March 4, 2019 8:06 am

The public is invited to review and provide comments on the Draft 2019 South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Plan through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Comments and suggestions should be submitted in writing or email and must be received by March 30, 2019.

The plan is available for review online at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/invasiveweeds/draftplan.html.

The SCDNR, in conjunction with the S.C. Aquatic Plant Management Council, is responsible for the management of nuisance aquatic plants in the state’s public waters. Each year SCDNR staff and the Council prepare an Aquatic Plant Management Plan that identifies aquatic weed problem areas, prescribes management strategies, and determines funding requirements. Since the inception of the program in 1981, over 190,000 acres of invasive aquatic vegetation in public waters have been controlled to improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, public recreational access, drinking water supplies, and other uses.

All comments should be received in writing or by email by the closing date to ensure that they are given proper consideration in the final plan. No telephone messages will be considered. Anyone interested in providing input should contact Chris Page at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, 2730 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia, SC 29172 or e-mail invasiveweeds@dnr.sc.gov. Comments on additional areas of problematic aquatic vegetation on the state’s public lakes and waterways not included in the draft plan can also be sent to the above address or e-mail.

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