Date set for meeting regarding Lake Tillery, invasive plants

Published 3:35 pm Monday, March 4, 2024

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has announced a 6 p.m. March 13 public meeting in Norwood at Center Rural Fire Department regarding a plant labeled as “an invasive aquatic weed.”

Hydrilla, a non-native, invasive plant, was first identified in Wake County in the 1980s, according to a press release from the DEQ. It has spread to other water resources.

The meeting will include a presentation on hydrilla’s biology, history, spread and management at the lake, along with a question and answer session.

The release further elaborated on the Aquatic Weed Control Program, part of the state’s Division of Water Resources.

“The Aquatic Weed Control Program…has been involved in hydrilla management at the lake since 2006. Hydrilla management at Lake Tillery is coordinated through a partnership between the Aquatic Weed Control Program, Duke Energy and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.”

The program also “provides state funds for the management of noxious aquatic weeds under 15A NCAC 02G. More information about hydrilla can be found on the program’s website,” according to the release.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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