GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Representative Wes Long of Guntersville says TVA has agreed to return to the agency's pre-2008 lake weed spraying program.
The agency reduced the program because of costs. The program has a price tag of more than one million dollars per year.
Long posted the following statement on his Facebook page: "Lake Guntersville is going to be 100% managed by TVA and paid for this year. There will be a partnership for moving forward with TVA and the stewardship of our lake to maintain the best fishery, and a recreational paradise for wakeboard ing and skiing.
Great news for Lake Guntersville. "
The weeds have been a contentious issue for decades. Fisherman love the weeds because they provide a habitat for bass. However, others don't like the appearance of the weeds and the problems they can cause for boats and personal watercraft.
"Usually the weeds will get tangled up in the propellers," said James Hughes, the manager of the Lake Guntersville Yacht Club. "They will get tangled up in the intakes off of jetskis. You have to get off and clean them out and everything. I have heard of people getting tangled up in the weeds swimming. That would be quite dangerous I would think."