Friday, February 8, 2013

The Problem Spreads

Earlier this week, an article in the Austin American Statesman revealed a growing problem in northeast Texas lakes....giant salvinia. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist Lynn Wright, lakes with recently reported giant salvinia infestations include Lake O’ The Pines, Gilmer, Murvaul, Wright Patman and Lake Welch.

This recent rash of infestations highlights the need to raise awareness about the dangers of this plant. It's rapid growth rate and lack of natural enemies in Texas give it a competitive advantage in almost any water body. Preventing new infestations is much easier than managing infestations once they arrive and as such TPWD is asking boaters to be extra vigilant about checking and cleaning their boats and trailers both before they launch and after they load.


To read the full article in the Statesman, click the link below.

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