Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Good news for Lake Bistineau

The battle against Giant Salvinia continues and much progress has been made! Encouraging news was received from one Lake Bistineau resident saying "thank you and your staff for the good work you are doing on Lake Bistineau. My family and other families were able to enjoy the lake over Father's Day weekend for the first time in 2 years, with no Salvinia in sight".

Evan Thames, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, has done an excellent job with spraying crews and targeting key areas within the lake.

Likewise, the public has done a good job reporting Salvinia pockets to him and as a result, there is only an estimated 30-40 acres on the lake. However, vigilance is still necessary since there is an expected growth spurt during the warm summer months. Evan can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to report Salvinia or even send an appreciative email for his hard work and dedication.

A Bistineau Task Force member will testify at an upcoming hearing on efforts to control and eradicate the invasive weed Giant Salvinia, June 27th at 10 a.m. in the Theater in the LSU-Shreveport Campus Student Center in Shreveport. The public is invited to come and any support received is always appreciated.

Furthermore, Bistineau Task Force members from Bienville, Bossier, and Webster Parish Police Juries as well as Bodcau, Dorcheat and Saline Soil and Water Conservation Districts are busy planning and taking necessary action to solve this problem.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries has a new plan for Lake Bistineau and it can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/document/lake-bistineau-rehabilitation-plan. For other information and updates from LDWF go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

For more information about the Bistineau Task Force, to leave comments, or to get on the email list, please visit www.trailblazer.org.






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