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Agreement Signed in Fight Against Giant Salvinia
Giant salvinia is a growing problem that affects area waterways, including the Red River. It is one of the most invasive aquatic plants that dominate water bodies by overgrowing and replacing native plants that provide food and habitat for animals and waterfowl.

The plant can block out sunlight, leading to unhealthy aquatic ecosystems and a decreased quality fishery.

The Red River Waterway Commission has made strides in controlling the spread of the salvinia. Existing control methods include mechanical removal, chemical control and the use of weevils, but an agreement with Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas could add another method in their toolbox.

 
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