The NC Department of Environmental Quality – Aquatic Weed Control Program is planning to survey private ponds within the Eno River watershed within Orange County to determine if they are infested with Hydrilla. If Hydrilla is found, assistance from Orange County and NC DEQ will be available to help control the plant at no cost.
In 2015, the Eno River Hydrilla Management Task Force began applying an herbicide called fluridone (Sonar Genesis®) to a portion of the Eno River that is located within the Eno River State Park to control the growth of Hydrilla. Hydrilla is classified as a state and federal noxious weed and poses many threats to the environment and competes with other native plants. The Task Force has decided that the ultimate goal is to eradicate Hydrilla from the Eno River watershed.
If a pond is located on your property within the Eno River watershed and you did not receive a letter, contact Andrew Gay, Aquatic Weed Specialist for NC Department of Environmental Quality at (919) 707-9020 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.