The 'Carolina' Session: Aquatic Plant Problems and Management in South Carolina,
SOUTH CAROLINA WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION COLUMBIA
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South Carolina has a number of public water bodies where aquatic plants create important water use problems. Most of these plant problem areas occur in the coastal plain which covers the eastern half of the state. The coastal plain is characterized by shallow, fertile waters and a long growing season, all of which create an ideal environment for aquatic plant growth. Additionally, most of South Carolinas problem plants are nonative species, and the coastal area was probably the site of introduction for a number of these exotic species. Upstate waters can also have plant problem areas, but, currently, infestations. Upstate waters can also have plant problem areas, but, currently, infestations in this region are less frequent and less severe. In addition to public waters, there are tens of thousands of private lakes and ponds in South Carolina and many of these private waters also have problem weed infestations.