Santee Cooper to spray lakes for invasive vegetation starting Monday
Fishermen, boaters and other lake users may want to avoid parts of Lakes Marion and Moultrie starting Monday.
State-owned utility Santee Cooper plans to use helicopters to apply EPA-approved herbicides that target invasive aquatic vegetation such as hydrilla, water hyacinth and crested floating heart.
Spraying should improve lake access for residential and commercial properties, restore recreational opportunities in infested areas and help prevent spread of the plants to other areas of the lakes and surrounding water bodies, the utility said.
Affected areas include Sandy Beach WMA, Angel’s Landing to Quattlebaum’s Landing, Cross subdivision, West Dike area near The Hatchery WMA on Lake Moultrie.
Areas on Lake Marion include south of Elliott’s Landing, mouth of Santee River near Channel Marker 176, east of Elliott’s Landing near Coca Cola Slough, upper end of Potato Creek embayment, Santee National Wildlife Refuge – Bluff Unit, Cuddo Unit and Pine Island Unit.