- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Ricky Moses, biologist manager for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says Cotile Lake is in need of a drawdown next fall to combat hydrilla on the lake.

Moses told Rapides Parish police jurors Monday hydrilla has become a growing problem - literally - since 2012.

Moses says grass carp were put in the lake in December 2013 to reduce the amount of hydrilla, but that hasn’t really helped.

Moses is proposing about an 8-foot drawdown of the lake that would begin after Labor Day.

The Town Talk reports (https://townta.lk/1x4S3GP ) the plan would be to keep the lake drawn down until mid-January 2016. Moses says periods of freezing weather while the lake level is down could kill exposed hydrilla.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com


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