"We have come to the realization that we are never going to get rid of all of it," said St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier.
said the hope is to knock back the plant's growth by lowering water levels about 2 feet every summer, enough to dry out the shallow areas in the roughly 5,000-acre lake and kill the hydrilla lurking there.
"Just doing that will expose about 75 percent of the hydrilla," Cormier
It's a particular problem at Lake Henderson because hydrilla thrives in the expanses of shallow water there, Cormier
"We were having problems getting the public to the deeper water," Cormier
A dredging project last year cut new channels from popular boat launches, Cormier
said, allowing access to deeper areas of the lake that are still usable even if the water drops by 2 feet.
said it can actually improve fishing because fish congregate in a smaller area when water levels are low.
St. Martin Parish
Government still needs federal approval for the proposed drawdown and has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
this month for to secure a permit for the project.
The drawdown would begin this year if the Corps approves the permit, he