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Weed Whacking at the Lake

By: Monica Buchanan
By: Monica Buchanan

Those purple and yellow flowers are pretty to look at, but don't let them fool you. They can be quite a nuisance for boaters as well as the ecosystem.

To fix the problem, park rangers actually lowered the level of the lake in order to kill the aquatic weeds like hydrilla and water hyacinth.

Jay Lewis says, "We're putting in a precision release pellet into the lake. What it does is on a time basis it releases a chemical into the lake on a 30 day cycle."

It will get to the root of the problem, literally.

Lewis adds, "We'll start seeing some of the leaves turn brown in some of the aquatic weeds that we have in the water and we'll start seeing immediate results."

And while treating the weeds affords a temporary inconvenience, rangers say it is only temporary.

Paul Bradshaw, Reed-Bingham Park Superintendent, says, "The catch-22 on that is that it does aggravate some of the boaters and people that come out and use the lake for recreation because the low water levels make it harder to navigate. There's a lot of sandbars and shallow areas."

But rangers are working hard to rid the lake of these aquatic weeds and return the lake to its normal level just in time for the holiday weekend.

Park rangers say the chemical used to treat the aquatic weeds are not harmful in any way to humans or the aquatic life.


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