COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A Hydrilla plant is growing in Lake Waccamaw and could be harmful to the biodiversity in the lake, according to the Lake Waccamaw State Park superintendent.
Superintendent Toby Hall said the plant may have gotten into the lake after being stuck to a bottom of a boat. He said officials have seen seven species that are not found anywhere else.
According to Hall, herbicide treatments could cost $500 per acre -- Lake Waccamaw is 9,000 acres.
The superintendent said their main concern is to prevent the plant from spreading into the Waccamaw River.
Officials are expected to hold a public meeting soon to inform residents of the situation.
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