COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Rangers at Lake Waccamaw State Park want to conduct a study to see how much Hydrilla has contaminated the lake.
Hydrilla is a weed that creates a habitat where nothing else can grow, which can destroy the ecosystem.
According to Mayor Ivan Wilson, the study will cost $5,000. Leaders will discuss funding for the study during next Tuesday's council meeting.
Wilson said the lake is very important to the town and things are at a standstill with the recent finding of Hydrilla in the water.
Wilson said his neighbor spotted the plant in a new area of the lake where it was found weeks ago.
Rangers said it could take more than five years to get rid of the weed. They believe nearly 500 acres may be infected and estimate it could cost $500 per acre to treat.
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