Giant Salvinia takes over around 20 acres of Lake Palestine

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Texas Parks and Wildlife has announced Giant Salvinia has been discovered on Lake Palestine.

According to TPWD, the infestation is primarily in the back of Saline Bay up past the Farm-to-Market Road 344 bridge.

TPWD says they have placed a containment boom across the opening at the bridge and hope to keep most of the plant material inside the contained area.

"We are doing everything we can to control and remove Giant Salvinia from the reservoir," TPWD says. "Currently there is not a timeline for the boom to be removed but we will certainly do so as soon as we feel the Giant Salvinia does not pose a threat to spread further throughout the reservoir."

TPWD is asking residents to be patient while they try to keep this extremely invasive plant from spreading further.

If you see any plant material resembling Giant Salvinia on Lake Palestine outside of the contained area, please take a picture of it and contact officials at 903-566-2161.

Giant Salvinia can easily be spread from one body of water to another by boat and/or trailer, so officials are asking people to triple check boats and trailers when leaving the lake to make sure you haven't accidentally trapped any plant material inside your boat or on your trailer.

For more information on Giant Salvinia, please click here.

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