And we desperately need our media to actually do some journalism with regard to science and facts, instead of acting only as a stenographer for what less informed folks are saying. This is a teachable moment for our media. Read this!

Background: At least three invasive plant species have found their way into Watts Bar Lake. After a few years of thriving with no predators to slow their growth, these weeds have erupted into a bloom of sorts and are making it difficult for lakeside homeowners to use their properties on the water.

County Executive Ron Woody, apparently having consulted actual fisheries managers, has proposed the release of grass carp to deter the plants. This is not a permanent solution so much as a detente with the plants as they will never ever be eradicated from our lake. The carp don’t actually prefer the invasive over the native flora and this method has had mixed results in the past.

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