Comments on Santee Cooper Blog about newly nusiance "crested floating heart" It is everywhere in lake from Stumphole swamp to Packs flats and everywhere in between. Hopefully some ringnecks or other ducks will find it tasty. Did notice a lot of duckweed seems to accumulate where ever there is an "outbreak". Between that and the hyacinths most of my "holes" are now gardens!!!
Below from Santee Cooper Blog from earlier this week:
Our latest survey shows the crested floating heart is covering about 3,000 acres of the lake now, up 50 percent in three years. It could easily spread to be as big a problem as hydrilla was two decades ago.
Scientists haven’t found a fish yet that can eat enough of the weed to control it. That leaves the EPA-approved chemicals. The helicopters are necessary because it’s growing in areas hard to reach by boat.
We hope the aerial sprays will be wrapped up this week and ask folks to avoid these areas for a few more days. And if you spot a big stand of one of these culprits, let us know.
Here’s where we’ll be:
■Lake Moultrie (Berkeley County): Sandy Beach WMA, Angel’s Landing to Quattlebaum’s Landing, Cross Subdivision, West Dike area near The Hatchery WMA
■Upper Lake Marion (Clarendon County): South of Elliott’s Landing, Mouth of Santee River near Channel Marker 176, East of Elliott’s Landing near Coca Cola Slough
■Lower Lake Marion (Clarendon County): Upper end of Potato Creek Embayment, Santee National Wildlife Refuge – Bluff Unit, Cuddo Unit and Pine Island Unit