POSTED: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 5:14pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 2:39am
TYLER-For those who live on Lake Tyler the scenery is beautiful. But sometimes the green intruder known as hydrilla pops up.
While the lush stems of hydrilla are a great place for fish to live, its not a great place to be if you own a boat.
Jeff Wright know this weed well. After living on Lake Tyler East for almost 20 years, he's seen first hand what can happen.
Wright tells us he's been mad at the City of Tyler ever since he got word that Tyler was planning on spending thousands of dollars to spray a strip of shoreline containing tiny patches of hydrilla. He says if there really was a huge problem with the weed, he'd be okay with it. But he says the city is playing favorites for some in a gated community.
"It could be better spent on some equipment for firefighters or a police cruiser," Wright said. "I mean if they want to get together and have their homeowner's association pay to have it killed fine, but let them spend their own money instead of the working person's money doing it."
He says the city should just keep an eye on the weed and if it really becomes a problem then treat it.
Susan Guthrie, with the City of Tyler, gave us a statement saying there are 39 acres of hydrilla currently on Lake Tyler East, which is just shy of the amount needed to begin treatment. She says the hydrilla is inhibiting lake access on the east shoreline for boaters.
"We (the city) are planning a cautious intervention approach that focuses on limited treatment to create boating lanes so that recreation is still possible," the statement stated.