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Reservoir Hydrilla Mgmt Group Meeting


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SharePinTweet0 SharesA meeting of the Reservoir Hydrilla Management Group is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM at the Brandermill/Harbour Pointe swimming pool conference room. This meeting is open to all residents around the lake who have an interest in hydrilla control and water quality. Because managing email distributions lists is never-ending, please feel free to contact friends and neighbors who may not be on the current distribution list. The Chesterfield County Utilities Department has provided the appended material (below) on the agenda for the meeting and also some background material. As usual, the Utilities Department will present an update on the current hydrilla situation and some of the options for controlling hydrilla. This will be followed by an open discussion period and a chance for you to comment and/or ask questions. Agenda and Background information: The Reservoir Hydrilla Management Group, or RHMG, will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Harbour Pointe Club House. The RHMG is comprised of elected members from the communities around Swift Creek Reservoir who have an interest in hydrilla control and water quality. They work in conjunction with the Chesterfield County Department of Utilities. Items on the meeting agenda include: – the current status of hydrilla in Swift Creek Reservoir – a review of the hydrilla growth over the last year – recommendations for hydrilla control for the upcoming year. The recommendations to be discussed are based on input from Dr. Kenneth Wagner. He is a renowned expert in aquatic vegetation control and has over 40 years of water-resource management experience. The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities began working with him when hydrilla first appeared in Swift Creek Reservoir. Hydrilla is an invasive weed and once it is introduced into a body of water, it is impossible to eradicate. As a healthy reservoir requires aquatic vegetation for the ecosystem to thrive (including fish and invertebrates) a balanced approach must be taken. Dr. Wagner recommends a routine of adding a relatively constant number of sterile triploid grass carp to the reservoir to control the hydrilla while providing an environmentally-friendly reservoir for the natural aquatic inhabitants. The amount that he has recommended for this spring will be discussed at the meeting. The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities monitors the hydrilla growth in Swift Creek Reservoir. Charts with monthly growth are available on the department’s website under the heading Drinking Water and Water Resources: www.chesterfield.gov/utilities. Shoreline observation may differ slightly from the maps provided due to the survey methods and length of time between mappings. For more information, please email utilities@chesterfield.gov.

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A meeting of the Reservoir Hydrilla Management Group is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM at the Brandermill/Harbour Pointe swimming pool conference room. This meeting is open to all residents around the lake who have an interest in hydrilla control and water quality. Because managing email distributions lists is never-ending, please feel free to contact friends and neighbors who may not be on the current distribution list.

The Chesterfield County Utilities Department has provided the appended material (below) on the agenda for the meeting and also some background material. As usual, the Utilities Department will present an update on the current hydrilla situation and some of the options for controlling hydrilla. This will be followed by an open discussion period and a chance for you to comment and/or ask questions.

Agenda and Background information:

The Reservoir Hydrilla Management Group, or RHMG, will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Harbour Pointe Club House. The RHMG is comprised of elected members from the communities around Swift Creek Reservoir who have an interest in hydrilla control and water quality. They work in conjunction with the Chesterfield County Department of Utilities.

Items on the meeting agenda include:

– the current status of hydrilla in Swift Creek Reservoir

– a review of the hydrilla growth over the last year

– recommendations for hydrilla control for the upcoming year.

The recommendations to be discussed are based on input from Dr. Kenneth Wagner. He is a renowned expert in aquatic vegetation control and has over 40 years of water-resource management experience. The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities began working with him when hydrilla first appeared in Swift Creek Reservoir. Hydrilla is an invasive weed and once it is introduced into a body of water, it is impossible to eradicate. As a healthy reservoir requires aquatic vegetation for the ecosystem to thrive (including fish and invertebrates) a balanced approach must be taken. Dr. Wagner recommends a routine of adding a relatively constant number of sterile triploid grass carp to the reservoir to control the hydrilla while providing an environmentally-friendly reservoir for the natural aquatic inhabitants. The amount that he has recommended for this spring will be discussed at the meeting.

The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities monitors the hydrilla growth in Swift Creek Reservoir. Charts with monthly growth are available on the department’s website under the heading Drinking Water and Water Resources: www.chesterfield.gov/utilities. Shoreline observation may differ slightly from the maps provided due to the survey methods and length of time between mappings. For more information, please email utilities@chesterfield.gov.