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#06-34 February 13, 2006

Time is running out to make comments on 2006 Aquatic Plant Management Plan

A draft copy of the 2006 Aquatic Plant Management Plan is now available for public review through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Comments and suggestions should be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The annual Aquatic Plant Management Plan identifies aquatic weed problem areas in South Carolina and determines what measures should be taken.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the S.C. Aquatic Plant Management Council are seeking public review and comment on the proposed 2006 Management Plan. All public input received by Wednesday, Feb. 22 will be considered for inclusion in the plan. 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, phone (803) 755-2836, fax (803) 755-0617, or e-mail pagec@dnr.sc.gov. The plan can be reviewed on the Internet at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/envaff/aquatic/draftplan.html.

The DNR 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, according to Chris Page, DNR Aquatic Plant Management program manager. Each year the DNR and the council prepare an Aquatic Plant Management Plan that identifies aquatic weed problem areas, prescribes management strategies, and determines funding requirements.

The draft 2006 Aquatic Plant Management Plan identifies 28 public water bodies with aquatic weed problems and prescribes management strategies for each problem area. The estimated cost of the proposed management program is about $664,472.

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