Greater Hume Council and NSW DPI are undertaking three days of surveillance in the Mountain Creek around the Woomargama township later this month. The floods in November and subsequent events have the potential to have spread the infestation of Alligator Weed – an aquatic Weed of National Significance downstream of Woomargama. This weed has had an annual control program at and upstream of the village but it was recently found below the bridge where it hasn’t been detected before. There will staff from NSW DPI, Council weed staff, LLS and Holbrook Landcare participating in search lines in suspect areas.
We are asking downstream landholder to be alert to it – Alligator weed is a potentially devastating weed that grows in water and on land, affecting both waterways and floodplain areas. Alligator weed has extremely vigorous growth and great tolerance of normal control measures, which makes it a major threat to wetlands, rivers and irrigation systems, and it also infests floodplain areas.
See https://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/weeds/details/7 for more images and info on what it looks like
There are some native plants that look like it, but if you see something you suspect is it please contact the GHC toll free 1300 653 538 or 0260360100.