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Hydrilla surfaces in Kerr Lake

Posted August 4, 2011 8:03 a.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2011 9:05 a.m. EDT

— A fast-growing aquatic weed is causing headaches for some property owners along Kerr Lake.

The weed hydrilla has been a nuisance in Kerr Lake in recent years but sprang up with a vengeance around docks and shores last year, said Paul McKenzie, agricultural agent for Vance and Warren counties.

Hydrilla is concentrated in the lake from north of Clarksville, Va., to around Nutbush in Vance County.

Hydrilla can cover the surface of small bodies of water, like coves and shallow areas along the shore. The weed's stems can grow up to 25 feet long, making it impossible to boat, swim or fish.

The invasive weed plagues lakes from Florida to Connecticut and west to California and Washington.

McKenzie said that Kerr Lake homeowners can have a professional treat it with the chemical Komeen.