N.C. Department of Transportation contractors will begin a herbicide-spraying operation on Bodie Island Pond beginning Wednesday, May 16.
The herbicide operation is part of a long-term wetland mitigation plan to manage an invasive aquatic plant species at the Bodie Island Lighthouse and to offset unavoidable impacts of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project. The spraying operation is expected to last about a week.
The effort will entail herbicide spraying along the Bodie Island Lighthouse boardwalk, which may be closed during certain times of the day while spraying is underway. This project will not impact visitation to the Bodie Island Visitor Center or the Bodie Island Lighthouse.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond has been identified by the State of North Carolina as a Significant Natural Area. In addition, the National Park Service has identified the site as a high priority for wetland restoration within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
For more information on the herbicide operation or the long-term wetland mitigation plan, please contact NCDOT’s National Park Service project liaison, Steve Thompson, at (252) 216-6455.