Spraying during teal season, THANKS guys!

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Spraying during teal season, THANKS guys!

Postby bigsprig » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:28 am

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!!!
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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
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Re: Spraying during teal season, THANKS guys!

Postby carolinagreenhead » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:37 pm

WOW. Hope you gotta mud motor.
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Spraying during teal season, THANKS guys!

Postby C-Hawk19 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:42 pm

That is thick as all get out. I haven't made it down there in several years but it was nothing like that then.


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Re: Spraying during teal season, THANKS guys!

Postby bigsprig » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:24 pm

Yes on mud motor, but boat actually rode up on top of hyacinths after pushed enough in front. Had to back (read pole) out of what is usually an open creek.

Worst vegetation I have seen, of course this is the first teal season I have tried in many years so it could have been this bad in past years but seriously doubt it.

We did not have a real winter so the vegetation is thriving, just too bad we have so many carp eating what little duck food there is while all this crap is floating around.

Not good for gator hunting either, hard to see heads in daytime and eyes at night when clumps of hydrilla are everywhere and moving with the wind.

Also found thousands of young cypress trees in several formerly open lilly pad/lotus flats that are 3-6 foot high in what was open water several years back. These probably took root back in 07 when the lake was so dry and are now 5 years old ?

Some places young cypress are so thick had a hard time running even though the lake is nearly full and there was plenty of water because trees have reached size that they do not lay down and have to force between them.

Very discouraging to say the least. :sad:
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