Efforts to combat invasive species in east Texas are getting much-needed help with $6.5 million in legislative appropriations to address the problem over the next two years. Up against species such as giant salvinia, water hyacinth and hydrilla, $1.4 million will go towards the herbicidal and biological control of these vegetative species. While $400,000 will be directed towards zebra mussel and giant salvinia outreach, exotic fish research, and native plant restoration.
"Without adequate management efforts, the problem will only continue to worsen," said Rep. Chris Paddie. "Combatting the spread of invasive species is one of the most pressing issues for our lakes, businesses and sportsman. The increased funding shows the legislature's commitment to combating the spread of invasive species and I look forward to working with the Parks and Wildlife Department to combat these species."
Some efforts over the current year include the release of 132,000 and 53,000 adult giant salvinia weevils in Caddo Lake and Toledo Bend Reservoir, with contractors spraying herbicide over 2,700 and 3,300 acres respectively.
For more information on future plans, participating organizations and current management programs, check out the full article from texasalloutdoors.com here, or on the link available below.