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Alligator Weed: It Can Be Managed
Posted on Oct 14th, 2020
Alligator weed can never be eradicated, it can be managed!

The City of Chesapeake hired PSE for three treatments and no removal of Alligator weed. This was to help manage the Alligator weed in our stormwater lakes in Kemp Woods. Going forward the City is no longer offering help to manage Alligator weed.

The treatments were effective in killing some of the Alligator weed. When the Alligator weed is killed it can settle to the bottom of the stormwater lakes and can form an algae bloom. Algae blooms can be harmful to the health of a stormwater lake. The treatments also helped loosen the Alligator weed from the lake’s embankments, along with heavy winds and rainstorms.

When Alligator weed is not removed but is allowed to float in the lake, it becomes a nuisance to everyone that lives on stormwater lakes. If it is not removed it will continue grow and cover large areas of the lake.

Fortunately, many of our residents have been kind enough to remove the floating Alligator weed, amounting to over 280 30-gallon bags on Lake 2. Yes, they have risked their health so you can have a more pleasant place to live. The Alligator weed is a habitat for mosquitos and muskrats.

Please manage your Alligator weed. It should not be allowed to grow out in the stormwater lake. If you are self-treating or have a contractor treating your Alligator weed, you must have the weed removed as well. This is so it will not break loose and contaminate other properties. It is easiest to remove Alligator weed once you see translocation of the systemic herbicide within the leaves, stems, and roots of the plant.

If you are against using an herbicide on your embankment, please consider biweekly hand removal. Natural embankments with plants are beautiful, in my opinion, and what God has placed along waterways in nature. However, they are the most vulnerable when managing Alligator weed. Weed whacking Alligator weed into the stormwater lake is not an appropriate method to remove the weed. It will invade the lake and other property embankments.

I have suggested an open communication by way of e-mail with regards to problems that occur on the stormwater lakes. It is important that we share information provided by the City of Chesapeake. We can make everyone aware of problems before they become a nuisance. Problems with Alligator weed, changes in the water quality, muskrat damage or occurrences from stormwater damage should all be reported. If you have not already done so, please share your e-mail address with the Kemp Woods Civic League.

Listed below is a reputable and cost-conscious company for treating and removing Alligator weed. They were brought in by The City of Chesapeake for the initial treatment.

Point Source Environmental Contact: Rebecca Coates, MBA (Owner/Operator) 21 Ellendale Avenue Greenville, South Carolina 29609
843-997-5930 rcoates@pointsource.us

Remember to be kind this fall and clear your curbs and streets of grass clippings, oil, leaves and debris, (like sticks, newspapers), they do not belong in the stormwater lakes. For those that do not have an established lawn or vegetation to hold your soil in your yard, please consider seeding. During rain, your soil runs off into the drainage area and ends up in the stormwater lakes. Keep it green and keep it clean.

Sincerely your neighbor,
Jamie Growney

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Have You Seen the Rocks?
If you take a walk around our neighborhood you may have seen the painted rocks that have appeared in recent days. They are delightful! We've captured most of them in a photo album. Check it our in the photo album link and then look for them as you walk. Kemp Woods Rocks!
City of Chesapeake Bulk Pick-up Service
Have you noticed the large truck with boom arm and claw that occasionally comes through the neighborhood? That is the ‘bulk pick-up service’ that the City offers. If you have limbs or other yard debris that won’t fit into clear plastic bags you can pile it at the curb in front of your home and the city will pick it up.
To initiate the service please call bulk pick-up at 757-382-2489 before 5 pm on Thursday. Limbs and branches should be cut to 4-foot lengths or the claw will not be able to grab them.
Please note, after the truck leaves you are responsible for sweeping up any leftover debris. This is actually a city ordinance (Section 62-7). More than that, as we get into the season with potentially heavy rainfall, leaves and small twigs can quickly clog the storm drains and cause backups into the street. Please help keep the community safe by cleaning up the leftovers.
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Only Kemp Woods residents can register on the website. Membership to the Civic League is not required. Each registrant will be verified as a resident in our neighborhood before given approval.  There are Public areas on our website that do not require registration or logon to view, however they  are limited.  Only registered users get full access to all pages on the website, while they are logged on.
Registered residents on the website who have forgotten their password can reset it during the Logon process by clicking on the Forgot Password link. If the username is forgotten then use the Forgot Username link. Instructions will be sent to the email that is registered on website. Anyone whose registered email is no longer valid, should re-register as a new user. In fact, if you haven’t been on the site for a while, you may just want to re-register to make sure all your information is up to date.

There are two choices for registration:
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The website is a good way to get information about your Civic League and community.  It is also an excellent way to get questions answered by your KWCL Board.  It is provided as resource for our residents. Residents who have questions about registering, website navigation, or anything regarding Kemp Woods, please use the Contact Us feature on this page.