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Pardon Our Mess: Plant forms on surface of lakes at Diamond Lakes Regional Park

Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:07 PM
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WHERE: Diamond Lakes Regional Park

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A plant has formed on the surface of four lakes at Diamond Lakes Regional Park.   STAFF
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A plant has formed on the surface of four lakes at Diamond Lakes Regional Park.

WHAT: A plant has accumulated on the surface of four lakes at Diamond Lakes Regional Park.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities

ACTION PROMISED: Darrell Bennett, the Parks and Recreation operations supervisor, said he has asked about having the plant removed but learned it would be expensive.

“We have four lakes (at Diamond Lakes Park), and $10,000 is the lowest price we’ve found to have the plant chemically removed,” Bennett said.

According to Bennett, the green on the surface isn’t an algae, but rather a “native plant called banana lily water shield.”

“We’ve tried to remove it ourselves, but every time we take some out it grows right back,” Bennett said. “For the plant to be completely eliminated, it has to be done chemically.”

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WE’LL INVESTIGATE: We’ll contact the proper authorities and let you know what they plan to do to clean up the mess.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/14/14 - 03:22 am
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Flash

I've got news for you, Darrell. Treating the pond chemically will not completely eliminate this plant. You will have to treat every two or three years from now on. It is a native plant. You've got to learn to co-exist.

UncleRemus
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UncleRemus 07/14/14 - 03:49 am
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"There is the possibility for

"There is the possibility for long term biological control using triploid grass carp. While it is true that general stocking rates of 5 to 15 fish per acre will not control (Nymphoides spp.); theoretically, it is possible that greatly increased stocking rates will reduce the existing infestation to a point that it is effectively eradicated. Once all palatable vegetation is consumed and easy pickings have become scarce, the carp will begin to patrol for and forage on any new tender growth that comes up. This should prevent new banana lilies from spreading. Over time the existing “adult” plants will grow old and die off. The continued patrolling and foraging by the carp should suppress the re-growth of banana lily plants to a point that they have been “eradicated”. This biological control method has been used successfully on other species of plants that triploid grass carp supposedly will not eat."

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/14/14 - 04:31 am
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Goats and Carp

Well, ol’ Marion Williams got the commission to approve the use of goats in the city’s detention ponds. Why not approve some carp at Diamond Lakes? Theoretically, of course.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/14/14 - 06:53 am
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What LL said!

What LL said!

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 07/14/14 - 07:04 am
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Grass Carp

Our neighborhood has two ponds that were covered in algae and other plants. We put sterile grass carp in both and they effectively control the plants.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 07/14/14 - 07:08 am
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Carp

They do the job!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/14/14 - 07:12 am
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Carp

Carp for County Commissioner!! Guaranteed to do the job, doesn't pontificate or grandstand for the cameras, does not need a county cell phone or gas or county funded training boondoggles!!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/14/14 - 07:40 am
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Cement

This plant apparently thrives only in shallow water. The solution, then, would be to re-shape the ponds so they are narrow and deep. They can get some soil for the re-shaping from dredging the center channels. Then we have plenty of good, hard, Georgia red clay to fill in the shallow areas.

Or they could make the sidewalls of the ponds out of cement.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/14/14 - 08:06 am
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Uncle R

Sures know a lot about pond life and weed control. Take his advise and save ten grand. Couple of goats couldn't hurt matters either.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/14/14 - 11:19 am
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Uncle Remus would know, trust

Uncle Remus would know, trust me. I used carp in the pond at my former home and they cleaned up a weed problem pronto.

burninater
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burninater 07/14/14 - 02:04 pm
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"It is a native plant. You've

"It is a native plant. You've got to learn to co-exist."
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Bingo.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/14/14 - 02:15 pm
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I disagree

"It is a native plant. You've got to learn to co-exist."

There are a lot of native pests, plant and animal; that I poison, kill, exclude, suppress, or otherwise keep out of my personal environment.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/14/14 - 03:06 pm
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Eradication of plant

The Commissioners apparently only can think of one way to do it - spend money - they are good at it - sometimes (or too many times) in the wrong places. Get those carps - and NO FISHING signs!

burninater
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burninater 07/14/14 - 03:09 pm
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"There are a lot of native

"There are a lot of native pests, plant and animal; that I poison, kill, exclude, suppress, or otherwise keep out of my personal environment."
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Yet they keep coming back, year after year, and each generation they are a little more evolved to resist poison or suppression.

Meanwhile, the aggregate result of folks trying to poison, kill, exclude, and suppress reality from their personal environment is pervasive environmental toxins that impact EVERYONE, not just the property where it is applied.

There have to be smarter ways of living within God's Creation than constantly trying to kill, exclude, and suppress ...

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