The writer of the letter “Invasive plant will take over” stated that Watts Bar Lake is being overtaken by the aquatic plant Eurasian hydrilla and claimed, “The Watts Bar Lake Association has reached out to TVA and state representatives, as well as U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, to no avail.” This statement is incorrect. The writer does not represent the views and actions of the Watts Bar Lake Association.
The truth of the matter is we are working closely with the Tennessee Valley Authority on natural resource management in a preliminary project to identify the potential issues with the aquatic species on Watts Bar Lake, and will address the findings at the appropriate time. Additionally, we have not contacted our state representatives or Corker regarding this matter. At the present time, on the entire 741 miles of shoreline, only 7 percent of the developed private shoreline has vegetation, both native and invasive species. Going forward, we will continue to work with all interested parties to research and develop a plan to address this issue. Visit our website at wattsbarlakeassociation.org for updates on this issue and other areas of interest.
Roger Hinsdale, Spring City, Tenn.