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Hop on Board: The hydrilla guerillas are here

By Gloria Putnam, North Carolina Sea Grant
September 5, 2015

Eds. note: This Soundings post is republished courtesy of North Carolina Sea Grant.  It originally appeared in their new blog, Coastwatch Currents

I am constantly amazed by what can happen with even a small group of people when lines of communication are open. Just six months ago I helped the Chowan Edenton Environmental Group organize an informational meeting in Edenton on aquatic invasive plants in the Chowan River and Albemarle Sound. It was to be one in a series aimed at raising awareness about local environmental issues and climate change concerns.

I couldn’t have imagined on that cold wet Saturday in February how individuals and organizations would come together in the following weeks and begin addressing Hydrilla verticilla, likely the most threatening aquatic invasive plant to establish itself in the area. But they decided to take this plant and its potential impacts on the health of our estuarine systems seriously.

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