June 13, 2011
Currently, Lake Bistineau is 16 inches below pool stage. Approximately 40 acres of salvinia is scattered around the lake. We are actively treating giant salvinia and alligator weed harboring salivinia, with herbicides. Although several complaints have been made about alligator weed in the lake, we must concentrate our efforts on giant salvinia at this time. However, we do have plans for contract spraying of alligator weed after July 1.
I would like to thank those who have sent emails reporting new salvinia growth. This has saved us a tremendous amount of time and aided in our efforts to control salvinia on Lake Bistineau. Please continue to do so, and we will do all we can to keep the lake beautiful and accessible for all user groups.
Also, please be cautious when irrigating from the lake. The water could contain herbicides that may kill or stunt your garden or lawn. If you do irrigate from the lake, it is best to do so on Sundays. This timeframe allows for dispersion of the herbicides in the water column.
If you would like more information on the status of Lake Bistineau, please attend the Bistineau Task Force meetings, as they cover all current issues regarding the lake.
Evan L. Thames
Fisheries Biologist Manager