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Cold weather reduces salvinia in Lake Bistineau

Courtesy Photo A cluster of giant salvinia with an adult weevil.

Lake area to see decrease in harmful plant

Earlier this month, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released a report that the freezing temperatures across the state may help kill off giant salvinia, “an invasive aquatic plant overtaking many of the state’s freshwater systems.”

We spoke with Pete Camp, president of the Bistineau Foundation, to see how the freezing weather in the area might affect the salvinia population in Lake Bistineau.

“The past few winters had been very mild, which allowed the salvinia to survive over winter,” Camp said. “This led to large amounts of salvinia present on the lake in early


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