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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a series of large-scale herbicide applications for Henderson Lake as a preventative measure to address a chronic issue with water hyacinth.

The Department wants to remind the public that the herbicides are not toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms when applied properly.  LDWF standard procedure requires that only herbicides certified as safe by the EPA will be used.

The herbicide applications are scheduled to begin Wednesday, February 27 and extend through the end of March.

Prior to recent Department efforts, the invasive species restricted boating and fishing throughout the lake.  The Department has determined that preventative measures are far more effective than treating the problem at a later date.

For further information regarding these spray efforts, contact Alex Perret, LDWF Inland Fisheries, at 225-765-2328.