Lake Seminole Weed Problem

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

The US Army Corps of Engineers should be receiving a grant of up to $900,000 and money will be use to clean up hydrilla, the largest problem on Lake Seminole.

Henry Jones has lived on Lake Seminole Drive in Sneads, Alabama for about 10 years. He says when he first moved on the lake you could see clear to the bottom, now he says, that's nearly impossible.

"We need to get those obnoxious weeds out and clear the bottom so it provides fish a place to lay their eggs,” said Jones.

Henry's weed problem' is hydrilla, an aquatic plant that covers 15,000 acres of Lake Seminole.

Hydrilla has to be sprayed every four years.

In turn, the water's oxygen is depleted, and navigation and recreational activities slow down.

This is why $900,000 grant has been secured for the US Army Corps of Engineers to try and clear the problem, if it's not.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bill Smallwood said, "We use chemicals, put out with the air boat and they are injected under water then they'll work their way down and up into the plant and eventually kill the plant."

There is still a risk that the plant could spring back up every three years.

Jones says instead of using environmental protection agency approved chemicals.

Officials might try cutting sunlight out from the plants. The practice is commonly called, 'shadowing.' The funds will cover only 2,000 to 3,000 acres of clean-up.

It will go into effect early next year.


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