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Volunteers, boats needed to remove damaging water hyacinth from Satilla River

Special to SEGAZINE

The Satilla Riverkeeper is looking for volunteers and boats to help remove invasive water hyacinth from the river and its tributaries April 14 and 15.

Native to South American, water hyacinth grows profusely in old rice canals, oxbow lakes, small tributaries, ponds and other places where the water moves slowly.

It restricts light penetration, depletes oxygen levels in water and harms aquatic life.

Those who volunteer will remove the plants which float in large mats in portions of the river. The mats can double in size in two weeks.

When water hyacinth is found, it can be disposed of by putting it in the trash, composting it or leaving it on dry land to die.

For more information or to volunteer, call the Riverkeeper at (912) 510-9500 or send an email to riverkeeper@satillariverkeeper.org.

via Volunteers and boats needed to remove damaging water hyacinth from Satilla River | members.jacksonville.com.

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