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Draft of the state's 2020 Aquatic Plant Management Plan available now for public review

January 24, 2020

The public is invited to review and provide comments on the Draft 2020 South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Plan through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Comments and suggestions should be submitted in writing or via email and must be received by February 23, 2020.

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 the SCDNR 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, more than 200,000 acres of invasive aquatic vegetation in public waters have been controlled to improve habitat, public access and use. The 2020 draft Plan is available online at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/invasiveweeds/draftplan.html.

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 with the SCDNR's Aquatic Nuisance Species program. The address is:

2730 Fish Hatchery Road
West Columbia, SC 29172

Comments and input can also be sent via email to: invasiveweeds@dnr.sc.gov. Comments on additional areas of problematic aquatic vegetation on the state’s public lakes and waterways can also be sent to this same address or e-mail.

Media Contact: David Lucas Regional Public Information Coordinator