Hydrilla Branches out in Swift Creek Reservoir, VA

     At the beginning of June and August the Utilities Department’s Reservoir Monitoring Team surveyed Swift Creek Reservoir, reporting sparse, manageable infestations of hydrilla 3 to 8 inches in length. The most recent survey, however, does not continue this trend; sprouts as long as 3 feet have moved their way into deeper waters, occupying areas with a depth of 2 to 4 feet. Roy Covington, Director of Utilities, is aware of the severity of the problem and its possible impact, stressing that, “the County is committed to taking the necessary steps to once again gain control over this persistent plant.”