This year, the hydrilla at Lake Tyler has been a huge nuisance to residence and area lake- goers. Treating the hydrilla is costly and time consuming. That's why the city is pitching in to help.
One million dollars has been set aside in the new budget. That money will be spent over the next two years.
In Phase 1, which will begin in the fall, 320 acres will be treated with chemicals, and 5,500 carp will be released into the water. A spill way will also be constructed to keep those carp from escaping.
Phase 2 will consist of continued chemical treatment of the rest of the lake.
Initially, the city was asking the residents to foot a portion of the bill. Mayor Seeber explains why the city had a change of heart.
"The problem with that was some homeowner's associations and residents were willing to do that, and some were not, and we just weren't getting anywhere. The problem was getting worse, so we just needed to take the bull by the horns and do something about it."
Seeber says ongoing maintenance will continue after the two years of treatment is completed.