TVA To Begin Herbicide Treatments on Guntersville Reservoir June 1
May 29, 2009
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – TVA will begin aquatic weed herbicide treatments on Guntersville Reservoir in public, private and commercial areas on Monday, June 1.
TVA is planning two herbicide applications along the shorelines during the June and July timeframe and will use mechanical equipment to cut weeds in boating lanes. TVA will provide the same services as-needed in public use areas through September.
The weekly treatment schedule will be available on the TVA website or by calling TVA’s Environmental Information Center at (800) 882-5263.
In 2010 and future years, TVA will continue to treat aquatic weeds only in public access areas and will no longer fund treatments along private and commercially developed shoreline.
All herbicide treatments will be applied following the guidelines in the Guntersville Aquatic Plant Management Plan developed by the Guntersville Stakeholder Group and defined by the last 10 years of plan implementation.
TVA will continue to provide technical assistance such as; plant identification, best time of year to treat within in the growth cycle, state requirements for herbicide applications and availability of hand held equipment for use by shoreline property owners. TVA also will provide support to stakeholder groups having interest in the development of reservoir-specific environmentally sound plans for treating aquatic weeds.
In addition, TVA will offer services for the application of herbicides in private and commercial shoreline areas at cost between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009. For additional information on contracting with TVA for this service call TVA’s Environmental Information Center at (800) 882-5263.
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.
Barbara Martocci, Knoxville, (865) 632-8632
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000