Plan would rid river of weeds

It's been almost a decade since the Augusta Port Authority started exploring ways to get rid of all the exotic weeds that have choked the Savannah River along most of downtown.

In May, however, an inaugural plan to spread a cocktail of professionally blended herbicides could commence, according to chairman Wayne Hawkins.

The group has discussed -- among other things -- mechanical harvesters and the use of grass eating carp to rid the channel of Brazilian elodea. The herbicide option, however, has a much greater chance of success.

"If all goes well, it will be done sometime during the month of May," Hawkins said.

Contractors who apply similar chemicals at Army Corps of Engineers lakes such as Thurmond and Hartwell will likely be hired for the project.

The group has asked for help on both sides of the river.

Augusta Commissioners and North Augusta's government are both evaluating requests to help finance the initial spraying, which will cost about $35,000.

Removing the weeds will improve water flow and reduce the amount of silt that is currently being trapped and retained in the dense beds of weeds.

SKEET SHOOT: Skeet Shoot-Hunt for Life, a non-profit that arranges hunting and outdoor opportunities for children with life threatening illnesses, will hold a skeet shoot, dinner and auction from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Pinetucky Gun Club in south Richmond County.

Tickets are $100 and can be ordered by calling (706) 955-3174. Visit www.huntforlife.com for more details.

CORRECTION: Last week's column mentioned Columbia County resident Caleb Collins and his designation as the ACU-I Collegiate National Sporting Clay Champion, but we misidentified his high school.

Caleb graduated from Greenbrier.

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