Spraying starts on Lake Guntersville, local anglers weigh in on impact

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Representatives included in the stakeholders group charged with overseeing the spraying program on Lake Guntersville say the spraying is progressing on schedule.

TVA has contracted out the spraying to a local company and that company has started spraying the invasive weeds on the water’s edge several days ago.

The spraying extends from Guntersville into Jackson County near the town of Hollywood.

A board made up of several different representatives whose entities have an interest in activities in and on Lake Guntersville is overseeing the TVA-funded spraying project.

Eventually that board will assume the cost of the spraying.

The plan to spray the weeds is nearly identical to the plan that was in place several years ago, and is designed to create a healthy balance of the weeds.

“Under the direction of TVA we sprayed about 205 acres last week and we’ll spray about 230 acres this week,” Aquaservices, Inc. owner Terry Goldsby says.

His company is contracted to spray the weeds in the lake.

Goldsby says a lot is going into the process to ensure the chemicals used are creating a balance in the weeds and that the chemicals are safe.

“They have to go into our drinking water and they have to go into those areas that we swim and so they’ve really been vetted and determined to be very safe,” Goldsby says.

Various representatives from different entities involved in Lake Guntersville make up the stakeholders group.

Several of those representatives are giving a voice to anglers.

Local officials say fishing is one of Lake Guntersville’s biggest attributes and they say it creates an impact on the local economies, both in Marshall and Jackson counties.

Officials say ensuring fishing on Lake Guntersville remains constant is one of their main concerns.

Bruce Shupp is one of the people representing anglers on the stakeholders group.

He was involved with the spraying program years ago when TVA had a similar program in place.

Shupp says he’s not worried about the spraying affecting the fishing. “It must it better because in the ten years when the old program was in existance this lake became a fabulous, fabulous fishery,” Shupp says, “I’m not saying [the program] did that, but it certainly didn’t hurt it.”

He says this program and the program previously in place are about the same.

Shupp says the spraying will make fishing easier. “It allows better access to weed edges, it allows better access to boat launch sites,” Shupp says.

The spraying is expected to continue from now until September.

A website outlining the details of the plan is available to the public. That website also lists the members included in the stakeholders board and the spraying schedule.

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