Crews will draw down the Savannah River while they spray for weeds near downtown Augusta. (WRDW-TV / June 18, 2012)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, June 18, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Craig Thompson spent his Monday evening sitting on a dock along the Savannah River. During the summer of 2011, he would have spent his evenings on his boat.
"We finally just sold it," he said. "Having to travel so far to use it when you live right by a river; it just doesn't make sense."
Thompson said the river isn't in good shape, and the weeds drove him to sell the boat.
"They got so much of this moss here," Thompson showed News 12. "It's all in the middle of the river."
So News 12 took a boat ride with the Savannah Riverkeeper. Sure enough, we found weeds in the middle of the river.
"The problem is, especially here in downtown Augusta, it's a navigation hazard," Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus said. "Those weeds will get caught up in your prop and they'll really cause a lot of damage to your boat."
Now, the city is trying to do something about it. The river sits lower so workers can come in and spray the weeds. It's going to be low until Thursday, when the weed killer finishes doing its job on 15 acres of weeds.
"These kinds of projects make sense," Bonitatibus said.
She says it won't make sense, however, for boaters to go out on the river before the water level is back to normal.
The river will be restored to normal levels by June 21.
According to a news release from the Mayor's Office, residents who use river water for their grass or garden should discontinue use until June 21.