Keeping our lakes and employees healthy at the same time

May 6, 2020.

During these unique times, Spartanburg Water is not only taking measures to keep our staff healthy, but also our drinking water reservoirs.

On Wednesday, May 6, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) stocked Lake Bowen with 80 Triploid Grass Carp and Municipal Reservoir #1 with another 25. The maintenance stocking was strictly annual upkeep to account for the loss of carp from natural causes.

There is no need to worry about these fish dominating or disrupting the ecology of our lakes and the current aquatic life found there. Triploid Grass Carp are a sterile species and therefore cannot reproduce. They feed primarily on aquatic plants and algae and do not consume other fish.

Grass Carp are an effective biological tool to control nuisance vegetation and algae. They are used around the world to do so and are one of the approved methods used by the SCDNR.

It is important to remember that it is illegal to take Triploid Grass Carp from public waters. If you hook one while fishing, you must release it back into the same body of water or risk facing penalties.

There are a few ways to tell the difference between the common carp and the stocked Triploid Grass Carp. The major difference is the length of the dorsal fin. The Triploid Grass Carp as a significantly shorter fin than the common carp. They also do not have barbels (“whiskers”) around the mouth.

Being mindful of this will help us to keep the Triploid Grass Carp stock up, ultimately ensuring better drinking water quality for all.

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