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Monday, August 13, 2007

• More about the grass carp and hydrilla

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana
The herbicide they will be spraying on Cross Lake to deal with the hydrilla problem is called aquathol. The newspaper article from today states that it is "safe for potable water reservoirs." People have been notified not to use the water for domestic purposes for at least 14 days after treating with the chemical. It sounds like they are only spraying certain areas and hoping the carp take care of the rest.

There are also efforts in place to prevent boaters from transferring non-native plants from their trailers and boats into the lake. The funny thing is, things like hydrilla, water hyacinths, and giant salvinia are already in the lake. Even the Cross Lake Patrol will be inspecting boats and trailers in upcoming tournaments. Some genius had an idea to put up signs at boat launches warning boaters about the weeds along with pictures of what these weeds look like. I hate to say it, but I don't feel the artist did a good job. The pictures look more like somebody's sidewalk garden. They should have used actual photographs. I feel that would have been more effective.

Good. Fishermen have been told prior to this to inspect their boats and trailers. How many do you actually think are doing it? Let's see some enforcement and some application of principle here.

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