Draft 2010 Aquatic Plant Management Plan available for public review, comment
The public is invited to review and provide comments on the Draft 2010 South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Plan through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The draft plan is in the Adobe PDF File Format and available at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/invasiveweeds/draftplan.html. Comments and suggestions should be submitted in writing or email and received by Tuesday, March 2, 2010. 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 144,800 acres of invasive aquatic vegetation in public waters have been controlled to improve public access and use. Invasive species costs nationwide have continued to rise while South Carolina's cost have remained relatively constant due to innovative, integrated control measures.
Part 2 of the Draft 2010 Aquatic Plant Management Plan identifies 30 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 from the coastal plains through the midlands and up into the piedmont. Cost share strategies involve local funding with limited matching funds from DNR. Major focus areas continue to be on habitat enhancement, public education, and early detection and rapid response for invasive species problems throughout the state.
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