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Armand Bayou Water Hyacinth

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So most of you have heard how horrible the water hyacinth has been on Armand Bayou.  I'm wondering if it's bad in other areas, too. 

 

A few weeks ago, this was how it was at the Bay Area Park boat launch.  Poor guys spent 30 mintues and gave up and came back.  It's difficult to tell, but notice therre is a ton on the other side of the lake, too.

 

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Here's looking back that way from the dock:

 

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And here was looking to the bridge

 

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So -- recently they came and sprayed some defoliant on it.  10 days to 2 weeks later, here is the launch:.  Still a lot on the other side of the lake, but significantly better than it was.

 

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I was very excited to see this when my wife took this photo.  Until my daughter took this one coming back from softball practice.  This was taken from the Bay Area Bridge looking north to the N CLAPS series.  Very soon you will see no water.  The stuff doubles in size every 10-20 days, and there are zillions (I've counted) of 2-leaf root ball babies covering the entire surface of the water under that stuff. 

 

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At the moment, the sad news is there is no plan to do anything north of the bridge.  And the money has run out to do anything else south of the bridge.  Some calls are in to see what, if anything, can be done.

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Wow, I have never see it that bad before.

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It was bad when I took mom yaking there early July. Your photo's are 10x worse than when we were there!!!

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I think we should have a water hyacinth killing event titled "Water Hyacinth CITO"! I have a simple, non-toxic herbicide recipe (salt, vinegar, dawn). 

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I think we should have a water hyacinth killing event titled "Water Hyacinth CITO"! I have a simple, non-toxic herbicide recipe (salt, vinegar, dawn). 

 

That's one of the discussions I'm having now with Armand Bayou Nature Center.

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Armand Bayou Nature Center coordinated spraying of approximately 23 acres on the South Side.  They are looking for funding to spray 127 acres to cover ALL of it.  They are hopeful of getting some funding from State Parks & Wildlife Dept. in September, but no guarantees.  Costs of a licensed herbicide applicator (required for public waterways) are $75/Acre.  They are looking at other non-governmental entities (i.e., foundations) to assist with funding. 

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If my math is right, that's only $9500. Surely there is some other wasteful program they can take that from and never notice it missing.

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Cache in one plate at the UFO and the money is there.  LOL  Truth!

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I'm working with putting them in touch with some private foundations that may have an interest in helping to fund future eradication needs.

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Cache in one plate at the UFO and the money is there.  LOL  Truth!

Cash in one lift kit for a jeep and there would be MORE than enough!

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A $10,000 lift kit?  Wow!  Cash in one 62 Cadillac and you could do the Trinity river.  :knuppel2:

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Not for nothing, but have you asked groundspeak? 

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Cache in one plate at the UFO and the money is there.  LOL  Truth!

 

If you're paying $50/beer that's too much, Bert!  Just sayin'.

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I am for throwing myself at Obama's feet!  :uglystupid2:

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Whose authority does the bayou fall under? You mention State Parks earlier, but I would have thought the County would have the first authority over the bayou itself.

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County provides them no funding.  TPWD has grant money available they are hoping to get.  It's not under them... 

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Maybe A & M Galveston could be convinced to do some research on on ways to deter the growth or something similar??

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