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Aerial herbicide treatment on lakes under way
Published Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:32 PM
Santee Cooper’s helicopter applications of EPA-approved herbicides in Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion were set to begin on Sept. 12, and will continue through Sept. 23.

Lake users are asked to avoid these areas during the period to allow for unrestricted applications.

Locations on Lake Moultrie (Berkeley County) include:

 North of Angel’s Landing - Sandy Beach WMA; Old Santee Canal Cove; Quattlebaum’s Canal Cove; Angel’s Landing Cove; Hall’s Woods Cove

 South of S&S Campground - Cross Subdivision; Braswell Slough; Duck Pond

 Hatchery WMA Area – West Dike Channel inside Hatchery; West Dike Channel from West Dike Landing to Hatchery Dike

Locations on Lake Marion in Berkeley County include Big Oak Campground west of Diversion Canal; Spier’s Landing Flats; and Harry’s Camp area near the mouth of Diversion Canal.

The herbicide applications seek to reduce the spread of invasive weeds hydrilla and crested floating heart, and will improve public and residential shoreline access. During the treatment period, Santee Cooper staff will patrol the affected areas by airboat to ensure open access for helicopter application.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, and the state’s largest power producer. The ultimate source of electricity for 2 million South Carolinians.

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