Thursday, November 6, 2014

Santee Cooper Conducting Aerial Treatments for Invasive Plants in Lake Marion

From November 10 - 21, Santee Cooper will conduct helicopter treatments of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved aquatic herbicides in upper Lake Marion, targeting the invasive aquatic plants crested floating heart and water hyacinth.
These applications should improve lake access for residential and commercial properties, improve recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats, and help prevent the spread of these plants to other areas within the Santee Cooper Lakes system.
To notify boaters of spray operations, Santee Cooper employees will patrol the spray sites on airboats and post signage at public and commercial boat landings located near the targeted locations.
Lake users in Clarendon county are asked to avoid the following areas during these operations:
  • Clarendon County: Elliott's Flats/Tree Line, Bee Tree Lake, north shoreline below Seaboard Coast Line railroad trestle to Houseboat Slough, Santee River discharge and areas adjacent to Santee River discharge channel to channel marker 158, navigable channels north and northeast of Persanti Island.
Santee Cooper is required by federal law to maintain navigation in the lakes. Questions concerning these operations can be directed to Santee Cooper's Analytical and Biological Services unit at 843-761-4078. For more detail, you can also read Santee Cooper's News Release.

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