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Texas' Natural Habitat at Risk Due to Spread of Invasive Species
From a distance, the island in Lake Houston looks like a lush, pristine piece of Native Texas - a rare place where the land and the life on and around it ebb and flow in natural progression, insulated from outside influences by the water that has surrounded the 5 acres or so for more than 60 years.

But that illusion vanishes with a closer look. As is the case in so much of Texas, the island and the wild things on and around it live in a world changed, changing and, in some cases, seriously threatened by non-native plants and animals introduced and spread by people. And people - Texans - are the only ones who can begin solving the problem, starting with avoiding behaviors that spread the worst of the nearly 1,000 non-native species now found in the state.


 
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Dam Owner Holds Water Hostage on Friendship Lake - Weeds and algae are prolific on Friendship Lake. While the Lake District owns a weed harvester, they are unable to launch due to low water levels. Dam owner/operator Chuck Pheiffer claims it is safer to operate the dam with the low water levels and will not release water to replenish the lake, but is willing to sell the hydroelectric dam.


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