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August 11, 2015 | Katie Mosher

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Gloria Putnam, 919-513-0117, gloria_putnam@ncsu.edu

Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2015

spreading of hydrilla

Hydrilla is easily spread through boats and trailers that are not properly cleaned. Photo by Rob Emens.

Citizens are invited to an information session in Edenton about Hydrilla verticillata. 

The meeting is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. on Aug. 22 at the Chowan County Agriculture Building at 730 N. Granville Street in Edenton.

Experts from North Carolina Sea Grant, North Carolina State University’s Crop Science Department, and the Chowan County Soil and Water Conservation District will be present. They will provide information and answer questions about activities in the region to track and manage the invasive weed.

Hydrilla is a submersed aquatic plant that forms thick mats at the water’s surface. The plant grows fast and is difficult to eradicate. It affects natural biodiversity, water-based recreation and fishing.

It was first observed in the Chowan River around 2007. Chowan County officials are increasingly concerned how Hydrilla might affect the Chowan River and Albemarle Sound because the conditions in these water bodies appear to encourage the plant’s spread.

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