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   Hydrilla Alert

Notice to all Members

On 11 Sep 09 we found pieces of the dreaded noxious weed Hydrilla floating in our lake following recent heavy rains creating a moderate flow rate. After alerting our Biologists, Mr. Malcolm Johnson, he confirmed it was Hydrilla. We then contacted State and Local authorities, other lake groups, the City of New Braunfels and the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority.

We collectively began a search for its origin where it may be rooted. Lakes Dunlap, McQueeney and Placid were surveyed and none was found. We later found a couple of small pools behind Lake Dunlap dam in the river bed where water only flows during higher flow rates on the Guadalupe. We treated these pools but later found a small amount in an area where there is moving water and the only control method for now is to pull it out by hand, which was accomplished on at least two occasions.

However, we now must remain vigilant for this non-native plant that many remember when in 1994 it almost completely covered our lake and we spent extensive amounts of money and manpower to treat and remove it. This was a great success considering all the red tape early founders of FOLM went through to convince Texas Parks and Wildlife, local bass clubs and the public that it must be controlled. Thanks to their efforts, Parks and Wildlife are now willing to immediately control this plant and the earlier it is found the easier and cheaper it is to control.

We have added a close-up picture below showing in some detail what the plant looks like. If you find something you think is Hydrilla, look closely at the leaf for small serrations on the leaf edge as shown in the pictures. If you confirm it is Hydrilla or if you are not sure, please remove all you find and contact your zone Board member or myself (numbers are on the FOLM Board link to the left) and we will immediately take steps to identify the plants you found. We are asking for all our members to be vigilant since over 400 sets of eyes should help us find and treat this noxious plant early.

We also want to advise you that other lakes have experienced "someone" planting Hydrilla by bringing buckets-full on pallets and lowering the pallets into the lake in secluded areas. This is illegal�.to transport or possess Hydrilla or other noxious aquatic weeds is a punishable offense. FOLM will not be afraid to prosecute.

Boaters:
If you're bringing your boat in from another lake, please check for Hydrilla cuttings on your prop, trailer, etc.  This is one way that Hydrilla is spread from one lake to another.



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