The WBLA responds to Knoxville News Sentinel letter to the editor


Watts Bar Lake Association, Spring City, TN

Response to Mike White’s letter “Invasive plant will take over”

On March 21, 2016, Mr. Mike White wrote a letter stating Watts Bar Lake is being overtaken by the aquatic plant Eurasian hydrilla and quoted the “Watts Bar Lake Association has reached out to TVA, state representatives, as well as U. S. Sen. Bob Coker, to no avail”. This statement is totally incorrect! Mr. White does not represent the views and actions of the Watts Bar Lake Association. The truth of the matter is we are working closely with TVA Natural Resource Management in a preliminary project to identify the potential issues with the various aquatic species currently on Watts Bar Lake, and will address the findings at the appropriate time. Additionally, we have not contacted our state representatives or Senator Bob Coker regarding this matter. At the present time, on the entire 741 miles of shoreline, only 7% 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 for updates on this issue and other areas of interest.