Hydrilla Citizen Survey
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for the Chowan River and Albemarle Sound Watersheds
August 22, 2015 Edenton, NC
North Carolina Sea Grant, in collaboration with partners, is coordinating another Hydrilla Citizen Survey and invite your participation. A team of Chowan County residents systematically collected data in 2014 to begin documenting the extent of the invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla. Both sides of the lower Chowan River and a portion of the northern side of the Albemarle Sound were surveyed last year by citizens recruited by the Chowan Edenton Environmental Group. The information obtained by the volunteers is being shared with County officials and other agencies. Along with work by local high school students and other organizations, this information is increasing interest and action in the region for this important issue.
Waters need to be re-surveyed again this year and if possible additional areas need to be covered.
Volunteers participating in the survey are trained to identify hydrilla and use tools for sampling and recording data. This training is free but required in order to participate in the survey work. Volunteers can survey short or long stretches of shoreline, or specific locations such as marinas or boat ramps. Personal boats are used for surveying stretches of shoreline. Other tools for the survey are provided but shared among volunteers.
This year’s training is on August 22nd at the Chowan County Agriculture Building in Edenton from 9 a.m. to noon.Address is 730 N. Granville Street, Edenton, NC 27932
There will be a general presentation from 9-10 that is open to everyone. Even if you do not want to participate in the survey consider coming for this part of the session.
The official “volunteer survey training” will start at 10 a.m. or shortly thereafter.
Space is still available for additional participants in the training session but is limited. We also encourage participation from citizens from surrounding counties interested in expanding the survey coverage, especially to the lower portions of the Roanoke River.
Chowan Edenton Environmental Group
Chowan County Soil And Water Conservation District
North Carolina State University, Crop Science Department
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Erin R. Eure
Area Extension Agent – Commercial Horticulture, Forestry, Water Quality
N.C. Cooperative Extension Service – NC State University
112 Court St./PO Box 46 – Gatesville, NC 27938