A proliferation of giant salvinia has rendered parts of Caddo Lake impassable for boats.
Employees of Cypress Valley Navigation District said a severe reduction in state funding to fight the water weed, combined with ideal growing conditions, is resulting in an explosion of the invasive plant.
District spokesman Robert Speight described conditions at the Clinton Lake area as “horrible.”
“We sprayed about 110 acres in Clinton early on, before A&M went up there,” he said. “It’s not looking good.”
He said navigation district boats are spraying around houses and public and private boat ramps in the Uncertain area and by Tucker’s Camp.
Because of budget constraints, Speight said the district is running only one boat.