Officials give status update on weed management in Guntersville reservoir

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Tuesday evening officials in charge of managing invasive weeds in the Guntersville reservoir are giving an update on its progress.

TVA announced earlier this year it would resume controlling the invasive weeds in the Guntersville reservoir. After months of putting the plan in action, the public is getting a progress report from officials at a meeting, held at the Lake Guntersville State Park lodge Tuesday evening.

Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson is on the Lake Guntersville Stakeholders group, charged with overseeing the weed management process. "We have some weeds right now because the growing season is a little late in September," Hutcheson says, "So we do have some weeds in the lake and I'm sure some property owners are concerned about that, but as quick as the temperature cools down the weeds will die down."

Hutcheson says overall the management process is going well. The idea is for TVA to fund the process for several years. After that the Stakeholders group will be responsible.

Hutcheson says they're working on a viable way to handle that funding, but because it is in the early stages nothing is concrete.

The spraying started in the early summer of this year. Hutcheson says the progress is a good thing for the communities, located both on and off the water. "I want people to realize this reservoir means so much to Marshall County, and Jackson County. So, we've got a group now working together and we are making good headway on it," Hutcheson says.

The stakeholders group and TVA will discuss the need for spraying next year. Officials say if the need is warranted and the entities involved agree with the process, the spraying could resume as early as the start of summer, next year.