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DNREC Treats Sussex Ponds for Hydrilla

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Man fishes at Wagamons Pond (Photo: WBOC) Man fishes at Wagamons Pond (Photo: WBOC)

MILTON, Del. - The Delaware Department of Natural Resource's Fish and Wildlife Service is treating several ponds in Sussex County for an invasive plant species called hydrilla.

If left untreated, the plant can take over the water and push out beneficial plant species as well as prevent access for boats and fishing.

Frank Costanzo is a fisherman in Milton and said he sees it all the time.

"Down here it seems like the hydrilla really takes over the lakes," he said. "They come out here with their boats and they dredge it all out and clean out the lakes cause it will choke everything out eventually and you wouldn't be able to fish."

DNREC officials refer to the species as an aquatic nuisance weed. 

The treatment, called Sonar, won't effect wildlife, so caught fish are safe to eat.

However, if you live downstream or next to any of the ponds, there is a 30-day restriction after treatment on using the water for irrigation on yards because it could damage plants.

The ponds include Wagamons Pond in Milton, Concord Pond near Seaford and Millsboro Pond. Blairs Pond and Abbotts Pond near Milford have already been treated this month.

There will be signs posted at the boat ramp of each pond when it is being treated.

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