DURHAM, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — To combat a rapidly spreading hydrilla infestation in the Eno River, the Eno River Hydrilla Management Task Force has approved a plan to apply an EPA-approved herbicide in the river from Lawrence Road to N.C. Highway 501, located in Durham and Orange counties.
The task force has hired SePRO Corporation based in Carmel, Ind., with research and support facilities in Whitakers and Rocky Mount. SePRO will apply the herbicide, Sonar Genesis® (fluridone), in a 16-mile target zone of the river, starting May 27, weather permitting, through the end of September. The company will apply the herbicide in a concentration well within the limits approved by the EPA— a concentration that is both safe for swimmers and boaters and non-toxic to fish and wildlife.
The herbicide treatment project is part of a two-year pilot program to reduce the presence of hydrilla in the Eno River. Hydrilla is a highly destructive, nonnative aquat