- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - Working to combat growth of an invasive aquatic plant - giant Salvinia - authorities are planning a drawdown of a DeSoto Parish lake later this month.

State wildlife officials say the control structure at Clear-Smithport Lake will be opened August 18 and the lake will drop a few inches per day until Dec 1. During the drawdown, an estimated 600 to 700 acres of water will remain in open areas. Officials say boaters in small craft will still have access to the main waterbody.

A Department of Wildlife and Fisheries news release says the closure of the control structure in December will allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities.

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