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Hunters and Anglers May Intentionally Be Causing Hydrilla Invasion
Despite efforts to stem the spread of hydrilla in Kerr Reservoir, officials continue to find new growths of the invasive aquatic plant.

A 2014 survey of the lake estimated there were 1,116 acres of hydrilla, an increase of nearly 230 acres from 2013.

After stumbling upon a fishing blog where an angler was touting the benefits of hydrilla to fish production and later a hunting blog commenting on how hydrilla benefits waterfowl hunters, officials are wondering if the increase is intentional.

These outdoorsmen see hydrilla as a beneficial plant that affords a better ground for fish and feeding ground for waterfowl. This view is very shortsighted though, hydrilla overtakes and kills off native plants, but off sunlight to the water, diminishes oxygen levels needed for healthy fish and native plants, and can carry diseases that are deadly to certain waterfowl and the predatory birds that eat them, like eagles.

It is a crime in Virginia to knowingly or unknowingly spread noxious and invasive aquatic vegetation in the waterways and the United States Army Corps of Engineers will pursue criminal charges.


 
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Judge Wants EPA to Enforce Everglades Pollution Rules - U.S. District Judge Alan Gold frustrated by the repeated delays and “disingenuous” legal maneuvers by state lawmakers and agencies; will strip authority from the state to issue critical pollution discharge permits for the state’s $1.2 billion network of nutrient-scrubbing marshes and give it to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA plan is calling for a 42,000 acre, $1.5 billion expansion of the state’s existing network of reservoirs and pollution treatment marshes, which are designed to absorb phosphorous that runs from sugar farms, cattle pastures, and suburban lawns.


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