Officials say Kurth Reservoir infected with common salvinia

Staff Writer

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Wednesday confirmed the presence of common salvinia at Kurth Reservoir.
Common salvinia is an invasive species, related to giant salvinia, that creates access and recreational issues around the shoreline. They found four afflicted sections, totaling three acres, along the Kurth shoreline.
“As the temperature outside gets warmer we are going to see an increase of both giant and common salvinia growth on infested reservoirs,” John Findeisen, Brookeland aquatic habitat enhancement team lead, said.
“Herbicide treatments will help us control giant and common salvinia on lakes where it has been discovered, but since it spreads easily and quickly, we also need lake users to thoroughly clean, drain and dry their boats and equipment before leaving the boat ramp to prevent new infestations at other East Texas lakes.”...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.