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Lake Waccamaw leaders in limbo over future of hydrilla treatment

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Aquatic specialists with SePRO began the first treatment for hydrilla in Lake Waccamaw in June of 2013. Aquatic specialists with SePRO began the first treatment for hydrilla in Lake Waccamaw in June of 2013.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Lake Waccamaw has been a popular attraction for the past 25 to 30 years, offering plenty of quality boating, fishing and water skiing. However, the biggest draw the lake holds is the number of endemic species present-- and hydrilla, an invasive weed, is threatening it all.

The lake is also one of the most fragile ecosystems in the state, which leads many environmental experts to say the lake must be preserved.

If a hydrilla infested body of water goes untreated, it eventually becomes completely clogged with weeds-- making it unusable.

Treatments must be applied three times a year for around seven years, and so far a couple hundred thousand dollars has been spent applying treatment to Lake Waccamaw in the summer of 2013.

A representative with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources will bring a tough proposition to the table during Tuesday night's Lake Waccamaw Town Council meeting.

To continue treatment of the popular lake, they want a contribution from the Town of Lake Waccamaw and Columbus County-- $50,000 each, every year, the next 7 to 8 years.

Even though it's a state owned park, state officials say the Town of Lake Waccamaw and Columbus County reap benefits from the lake through higher property taxes and tourism.

The Lake Waccamaw Town Manager, however, has said that amount of money will be tough to contribute without requiring town tax hikes or major budget cuts in the future.

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