By Lee Eisenberg

Giant salvinia is an invasive aquatic weed with an explosive growth rate that enables it to out compete native plants and form large floating mats. Under these mats, the lack of sunlight and oxygen create conditions that can kill phytoplankton (the base of the food chain), as well as most fish.

By Daren Horton

If you read the paper, listen to the radio, watch television, look at Facebook or have conversations with your neighbors, you have most likely heard about the invasive plant, Giant Salvinia that is attacking Caddo Lake. I am proud to say that my neighbors have done a fantastic job of bringing the situation to the attention of anyone that loves the lake, has visited the lake or has a free minute to listen.

GCLA of TX Labor Day BBQ totals:
August, 2013

  • 58 New members
  • 56 Renewed members
  • 65 T-shirt sold
  • 105 Book sales

In August, 2013, Ted and Stella Barrow of Caddo Lake made the first of (hopefully) many weevil-stocking trips to south Louisiana, where they harvested Giant Salvinia containing the salvinia-eating weevil. With only a handful of volunteers, they harvested the weevils,loaded them into 35 totes, and transported them safely through the night to a new home on Caddo, where they are happily eating through local salvinia at a pleasing rate.

Greater Caddo Lake Association of Texas

P.O. Box 339
Karnack, TX 75661