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February 2, 2009

Draft 2009 Aquatic Plant Management Plan now available for public review

The public is invited to review and provide comments on the Draft 2009 South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Plan through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Comments and suggestions should be submitted in writing or email and received by Monday, March 2, 2009. No telephone comments will be considered.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (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. 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. Since the inception of the program in 1981 over 142,000 acres of invasive aquatic vegetation in public waters have been controlled to improve public access and use.

Part 2 of the Draft 2009 Aquatic Plant Management Plan identifies 29 public water bodies, 9 State Park Lakes, and 10 DNR State Lakes with aquatic weed problems and prescribes management strategies for each problem area. The location of these sites ranges state wide from the coast to the mountains. A major focus continues to be on public education along with water hyacinth and Phragmites control in coastal South Carolina.

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, fax (803) 755-0617, or e-mail invasiveweeds@dnr.sc.gov. Comments on additional areas of problematic aquatic vegetation on the state’s public lakes and waterways should be addressed and sent to the previously mentioned contacts.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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