Eurasian Watermilfoil Spreads in Georgia

     Bill Tyson, Effingham County coordinator for agriculture and natural resources, thinks he’s found Eurasian watermilfoil in one of the local lakes. “I’m not 100 percent sure, but I’m pretty confident,” he said, holding a ziplock with a sample of the invasive inside. Teresa Moran, a lakefront resident, had noticed the plant’s presence a month ago, “it’s not a very good place to go swimming now.” Though it is the first official case, Tyson says the invasive has been in the area for a while, and is only one of many present in Georgia. As for controlling the watermilfoil, Tyson is considering herbicides or the introduction of non-native sterile grass carp.