The 2006 Aquatic Plant Management Plan has been approved by the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Council and is now available to the public through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
The annual Aquatic Plant Management Plan identifies invasive, aquatic weed problem areas in South Carolina and determines what measures should be taken. A highlight of the plan is the continued assault on Phragmites (1,380 acres) in coastal South Carolina.
The 2006 Aquatic Plant Management Plan identifies 28 public water bodies with aquatic weed problems and prescribes management strategies for each problem area. The proposed management plan includes treatment of about 4,320 acres of invasive plants at a cost of $682,106.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in conjunction with the S.C. Aquatic Plant Management Council is responsible for the management of nuisance aquatic plants in the state's public waters, according to Chris Page, Aquatic Plant Management Program coordinator for DNR. Each year the DNR and the council prepare an Aquatic Plant Management Plan that identifies aquatic weed problem areas, prescribes management strategies, and determines funding requirements. This plan undergoes peer review and is posted for public review and comments.