During the next several weeks, weather permitting, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will be treating six downstate ponds for aquatic nuisance weeds that, left unchecked, can choke the waters, crowd out beneficial plant species, and prevent fishing and boating access.
The ponds to be treated are Abbotts and Tub Mill ponds near Milford; Millsboro Pond; Horseys and Tussock ponds near Laurel; and Concord Pond near Seaford.
Signs will be posted in the boat ramp area of each pond on the day of treatment.
Officials say the treatment does not pose any threat to wildlife, therefore there will be no restrictions on fishing or consumption of fish. The only special precaution for residents is a 30-day restriction from the day of treatment on the use of water from the ponds. Officials say the pond water should not be used by residents to irrigate their gardens, yards, or agricultural lands during that 30-day period to avoid possible damage to their plantings.
For more information on the treatment of the ponds, call the Fisheries Section of the Division of Fish and Wildlife at (302) 739-9914.