Texas Parks & Wildlife dictates how and what types of vegetation treatments can be used on public waters in the State of Texas. Because of this, all vegetation treatments must be approved by a TPWD biologist, for mechanical, biological, chemical, or environmental intervention treatments. Below are useful links, forms, and guides to help you start this process. For assistance in identifying your aquatic vegetation species, please follow this guide, or take pictures and email to email@example.com.
All treatments must be approved by both the TPWD field office and the Athens Municipal Water Authority. The Athens Municipal Water Authority will NOT approve any permits that are incomplete or missing any information.
All chemicals for treatment must be on the pre-approved list from TPWD and be applied by a State approved, licensed, applicator. A list of approved applicators can be viewed here (this may not include all approved applicators in the State, but this list is provided as a convenience). All aquatic vegetation treatment proposals must list herbicides that will be used, not may be used.
You will be able to treat your shoreline, up to either 6' in water depth, or 75' from shore. Each ingress/egress account must apply and obtain a separate permit (if you receive two annual invoices from AMWA you will need two permits). Vegetation treatment permits are valid until December 31, 2019. Applications for vegetation treatment permits will only be accepted from March 1 to May 31, annually.
If you would like to apply for both a mechanical and chemical treatment permit, you must complete two seperate permit applications. You will no longer be able to combine multiple treatments on one AMWA permit/TPWD treatment proposal form.
Mechanical Treatments may be conducted at anytime, after the applicant has been granted approval from TPWD and the Authority. Mechanical removal may occur up to December 31.
Chemical Treatments may be conducted during the following windows:
April 29-May 10 (applications must be submitted no later than April 13, to qualify for this treatment)
June 10-June 21
August 12-August 23
September 23-October 4
More details can be found in the Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan For Lake Athens.
TPWD Exotic Species Permit Application for Aquatic Vegetation Removal (this form must be submitted to TPWD Austin, not to AMWA)
AMWA Vegetation Treatment Permit Application (this is the only version of this form that will be accepted, versions with a revised date earlier than 3/1/19 will be discarded by the Authority.)
Local Field Biologist
Richard Ott, Ph.D.
TPWD Inland Fisheries Tyler South District, Management Supervisor
(903) 566-2161 office
(903) 566-3542 fax
Gary Dugan, Inspector/Lake Patrol
Texas Parks and Wildlife Vegetation Surveys
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