Workers will soon begin spraying herbicide to remove an invasive plant from one of Mississippi’s most popular lakes.
Giant salvinia was found in June in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Ross Barnett Reservoir, north of Jackson. The fast-growing aquatic fern is native to Brazil. It can form thick mats that choke aquatic life and hamper swimming and boating.
The lake management district says the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will begin spraying herbicides across a 5-acre (2-hectare) area, aiming to kill salvinia. The district warns herbicides will also kill native plants such as lily pads.
Lake managers say a small patch of salvinia was previously found in 2013 but was eradicated.
Officials urge boaters to clean and dry equipment after each use to limit invasive species.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info