- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans to begin reducing the water level in Saline Lake in Winn Parish beginning July 1.

The drawdown is designed to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.

Officials say a survey showed the aquatic weed giant salvinia is covering about 1,200 acres of the lake and is concentrated in heavily forested areas. These areas are difficult to treat with spray equipment, and as a result they serve as nursery grounds for the plant.

Plans are to reduce the water level gradually to prevent fish kills downstream.

After reaching the target drawdown level, a large-scale herbicide treatment will be applied.

The lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown.

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