- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An organized effort to remove a hyacinth bloom from Crest Lake, one of the smallest in the Baton Rouge Lakes system, is scheduled to kick off next week.

Baton Rouge resident Matt Thomas tells The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report (http://bit.ly/28O3qDu) that he and a handful of volunteers have been trying to rid the lake of the plants since early May.

The plants don’t pose a hazard to the lake ecosystem while alive, but rob the water of oxygen once they die.

Thomas’ cleanup efforts have put a dent in the problem, but the plants are proving too much for his limited manpower. So, with help from the Center for Planning Excellence, Thomas was able to get a deal on equipment from the Lafourche Fresh Water District to remove the plants.

LSU is also helping in the effort by constructing a ramp needed to lower the equipment into the lake and agreeing to haul away the plants once they’re removed.

Thomas hopes the work will be complete within two weeks of the start date, and says he’s heartened to have a plan in place to address the problem.

“The only concern now is that some of the hyacinths have migrated over to University Lake,” he says. “They’re pretty to look at but they’re really a nasty plant and you have to maintain control of them.”

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Information from: Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, http://www.businessreport.com

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