Although Giant Salvinia continues to cover Bistineau, the local lake is at pool stage and there are no plans for a drawdown at this time.
"There is an estimated five hundred to seven hundred acres of Salvinia coverage on the lake," Evan Thames with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries told members of the Bistineau Task Force. "Lake Bistineau is ranked as the eighth body of water on the LDWF priority list for Salvinia."
Thames went on to say there is no truth to the rumor that fish caught on the lake are inedible due to discoloration.
BTF chairman Billy Montgomery discussed newly-filed legislation by Rep. Gene Reynolds on behalf of Lake Bistineau. He encouraged members and supporters of the lake to contact their state senator and representative on behalf of this bill.
A new BTF member Bob Brotherton, Bossier Parish Police Jury, was recognized. Ellzey Simmons discussed results from a survey of BTF members regarding items of importance for Lake Bistineau in the future.
Olivia Ward presented information regarding watersheds and the importance of managing an entire watershed such as Lake Bistineau. BTF member, Bill Conly (Saline SWCD – Ringgold) recently acquired and distributed weevils in his salvinia filled private pond; he gave a full report on his work to the group.
The next BTF meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at 10:15 a.m. in the Webster Parish Courthouse.
Minutes for this meeting will be posted as soon as possible and can be found at www.trailblazer.org.