Dr. Jerry Michels, a Texas AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, is hopeful this will be the year major defoliation occurs on salt cedar that lines the banks of the waterways leading into Lake Meredith.
Plum Creek recreational area at Lake Meredith is the site of Michels’ biological control of salt cedar study. Lake Meredith is north of Amarillo and serves as a water source for 11 member cities of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority.
Salt cedar is an invasive plant that uses a lot of water and degrades the environment that it is in, Michels said. It is usually found in riparian areas where there is a good source of water.
Kent Satterwhite, Canadian River Municipal Water Authority general manager at Fritch,said they have sprayed more than 20,000 acres of salt cedar along the waterways that lead into Lake Meredith, trying to control the invasive tree.