L.D.W.F. AQUATIC PLANT CONTROL PROGRAM COMPLETES SECOND WEEK-LONG HERBICIDE APPLICATION AT LAKE BISTINEAU

Release Date: 05/14/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Inland Fisheries Division has completed a second week of extensive herbicide application within Lake Bistineau in northwest Louisiana. The April 28 to May 1 project covered acres not sprayed during the initial April 7 to 11 treatment dates and some areas that were targeted for follow up.


The primary goal once again was to eliminate a significant amount of giant salvinia and restore normal use and aesthetics of the lake for residents and visitors.


Eighteen LDWF spray crews were stationed at Lake Bistineau State Park during the four days of spraying, covering 2,886 acres of aquatic vegetation with 2,157 gallons of Aquamaster herbicide, an EPA-approved systemic herbicide.


For the two combined spray projects at Lake Bistineau, over 4,900 acres of aquatic vegetation have been sprayed, expending a total of 3,656 gallons of herbicide. Inland Fisheries is evaluating the effectiveness of both efforts before finalizing follow up steps.


For more information, contact LDWF Inland Fisheries biologist Rachel Walley at 225-765-2328 or rwalley@wlf.louisiana.gov.


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