Milford-Area Public Ponds to be Treated for Hydrilla

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Next week, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will begin treating several public ponds in the Milford area for the invasive aquatic weed, hydrilla. This is a non-native plant that can choke ponds and other waterways – crowding out beneficial plant species as well as preventing fishing and boating access. The ponds to be treated are Griffiths Lake, Tub Mill Pond and Abbotts Mill Pond. Signs will be posted at the boat ramp of each pond on the day of treatment.

Additional information from DNREC:

Sonar, a federally approved aquatic herbicide used safely in Delaware since the 1980s, will be applied. It does not pose a threat to fish or wildlife, and there are no restrictions on fishing or the consumption of fish caught from treated waters.

However, residents and farmers whose properties are along and directly downstream of the treated ponds should refrain from using the water for irrigation for the first 30 days following treatment to avoid possible damage to their plantings. Treatments are expected to begin around May 29.

For more information, contact the DNREC Fisheries section at 302-739-9914.


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