Cost of hydrilla removal from Swift Creek: $425,000

By Melissa Correa - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - It's going to cost more than $400,000 to fix a plant problem plaguing the Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield County.

According to a consultant hired to investigate the overgrown hydrilla, the vine-like plant is covering more than 700 acres of the reservoir.

If left un-treated, in just a few years, it could stretch over 900 acres.

The recommendation is to stock Swift Creek with carp while using a harvester… the total cost is $425,000.

Twenty-five percent of the county's water comes from Swift Creek.  The invading hydrilla poses no health risks, although it is a nuisance to boaters and upsets the natural balance of the water's aquatic life.

With an already-strained budget, it's unclear if the county will move forward with the removal.

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