Houston Lake neighbors discuss study on weeds | News
A meeting Monday night sprouted questions about how to deal with one Perry lakefront community's weed problem.
Houston Lake is infested with a weed called Cabomba which will take $35,000 to remedy and that's just for one year.
The weed isn't a health threat, but it does make fishing and boating difficult, two big draws to the community Sam Morton says made him move there in 1953.
He says investing in fixing the lake now will help those who live their retain their property value.
The Lake Alliance is hoping to raise the $35,000 by September 12th. The Department of Natural Resources conducted a study on the lake and determined that a chemical called "clipper" was the most effective on the weeds.
DNR Region Supervisor Steve Schleiger calls Houston Lake's Cabomba problem is one of the most severe he's seen.
The DNR says the Cabomba weed has to be treated by the end of the growing season or the weed-killler won't be effective.
Schleiger says while the lake may require follow-up treatments, those may be less expensive once the weeds are contained.