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For Immediate Release: April 15, 2011

Attorney General Opinion Requested on Lake Weeds

The Tennessee Valley Legislative Caucus met earlier this month in Montgomery and discussed, among other issues, the threat of invasive species of aquatic plants in the Lake Guntersville Reservoir. Since 2009, TVA has taken no responsibility for managing the increasing plant coverage except for certain public areas.

On a motion from State Representative John Robinson of Scottsboro, the Caucus voted to request a meeting with TVA leadership to discuss the issue which has direct effect on the tourist economy, recreational activities, property values, safety, navigation and other important matters to valley residents. The requested meeting has been confirmed for May 6th.

Representative Wes Long requested that the Caucus also seek an Opinion from Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. “Diligent efforts have been made to work with TVA on this and we’ve been patient,” Long says, “but we need to know - who is legally in charge?” “We maintain that TVA has responsibility under their federally mandated charter for land and water stewardship.  Hopefully, the AG’s office will help us determine what recourse we have,” Long said.  He plans to try and get the Opinion expedited because of the short window before the peak summer recreational season begins.

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