CONGRESSMAN BISHOP HOLDS HYDRILLA-FOCUSED TOWN HALL MEETING WITH U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
DONALSONVILLE, GA – On Tuesday evening, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) held a hydrilla focused Town Hall Meeting at the Seminole County Courthouse in Donalsonville, Georgia. Congressman Bishop was accompanied by Colonel Jon Chytka, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. Well over 100 members of the public were in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to get feedback from the public on the issue.
“As everyone can plainly see, the ongoing problem of hydrilla and other invasive aquatic plants remains a danger to the natural ecology of Lake Seminole and Lake Walter F. George,” said Congressman Bishop. “In order to maintain and improve access to the lake for boaters, fisherman, and other recreational users, I believe we must do whatever is necessary to better manage the hydrilla infestation to allow full use of the lakes once again.”
“I look forward to working with Congressman Bishop to address this important issue affecting residents and the recreating public at Lake Seminole,” said Colonel Chytka.
Lake Seminole’s hydrilla infestation poses a serious danger to the lake’s aquatic inhabitants. The weed’s ability to multiply at alarmingly high speeds has enabled it to dominate the vegetation within the lake. As hydrilla grows, it gradually creates a thick, blanket-like cover near the water’s surface, which drastically impedes sunlight and oxygen from reaching the lake’s submerged plant life.
The unfettered growth of hydrilla in Lake Seminole and Lake Walter F. George also raises economic concerns. The dense network of hydrilla that forms near the water’s surface significantly limits boat use and other forms of water recreation. Furthermore, it may lead to a decrease in property values of real-estate surrounding Lake Seminole as the recreational-related resources within the area are negatively impacted.