Savannah River to be lowered 3 feet for June 19 herbicide spraying

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:51 AM
Last updated 7:04 PM
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The Savannah River will be lowered about three feet later this month to accommodate contractors who will apply herbicide to control aquatic weeds on June 19.

The project, costing about $6,500, involves treatment of about 15 acres of invasive weeds in the river channel along downtown Augusta, said Wayne Hawkins, the chairman of the Augusta Port Authority.

The Army Corps of Engineers will gradually lower the river beginning two days before the spraying and will restore the levels in the two days after. The lower water makes the treatments more effective.

This year’s herbicide applications cost less than half the $15,000 invested in 2011, which was successful enough to reduce the area requiring treatment from 35 acres to about 15 acres.

Residents who use river water for irrigation are advised not to water plants or lawns June 19-21 to allow the chemical to dissipate. There are no advisories related to swimming, fishing or other recreation.

The weeds in the river include invasive exotic species such as Brazilian elodea, which tends to overtake shallow areas. Although it is impossible to eradicate the weeds, the authority hopes to continue annual treatments to keep them under control.

The low bidder for this year’s project was Southern Aquatic Services of Statesboro, Ga., which also won last year’s contract.

Other bidders this year were Aqua Services, of Alabama; Estate Management Services, of Beaufort, S.C.; and Nutra-Chem, of Lexington S.C.

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 06/05/12 - 11:43 am
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Anybody got any ideas on

Anybody got any ideas on where the best mudslides will occur?

Look out Champions Retreat Golf Course. Numbers 4 and 5 on the Island course could lose a few more feet of fairway if not cart path. You still got those leaning oak trees out there?

Retired Army
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Retired Army 06/05/12 - 11:44 am
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Anybody got any ideas on

double post, but I swear I only pushed the key once.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/05/12 - 12:17 pm
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Riverkeeper Lady!

Reckon the Riverkeeper Police lady will be closely watching these guys?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/05/12 - 01:29 pm
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No mudslides at this level.

No mudslides at this level. Will they lower the river from the lake dam or from the NSR locks at Bush Field? If from the latter it will not affect anything above the water works.

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 06/05/12 - 02:20 pm
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I just wish they would lower

I just wish they would lower the lake by three feet sometimes and treat their weeds to give the river the extra flow.

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rmwardsr 06/05/12 - 03:20 pm
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Kind of like my fourth cousin

Kind of like my fourth cousin who finally cut his grass, they too will probably find a few good used cars lurking below the present water line.

TCB22
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TCB22 06/05/12 - 08:42 pm
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Riverkeeper Police Lady?

Does she work for Sizemore Security, Sweet son?

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