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TVA to cut back weed-spraying program for Lake Guntersville

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GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Weeds in Lake Guntersville could be on the rise this year.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is phasing out its annual weed-spraying program. This summer will begin the first 25 percent reduction.

The TVA worked out a deal back in 2014 to give local officials three years to find a way to pay for the weeding program. So far, no luck.

Alred is one of several marinas on Lake Guntersville along with restaurants and home owners who depend on the lake weed-spraying program to keep channels clear.

"Our boats can't get in and out if we don't spray. If we don't spray, this whole marina grows up and there is no more marina," said Alred Marina manager Russ Cranford.

“The Tennessee Valley Authority is phasing out weed-spraying for private/residential areas of the lake in accordance to the 2014 Stakeholders Agreement. This summer will begin the first 25 percent reduction. This reduction does not affect public areas. TVA says it is fully funding weed-spraying in public areas and will continue to do so,” TVA representative. 

"Since there is going to be a reduction, the way it will change this year, we'll simply do less, however the timing and planning is going to be somewhat different and we think we'll see good results," said Terry Goldsby with Aqua Services Inc.

Stakeholders Chairman Judy Miller said they're looking to the TVA to help find a suitable funding answer, but so far that hasn't happened.

She said TVA is also saying they're not looking to do any more extensions.

Cranford said since every resident gets their water from the lake, an easy solution is through water bills.

"$1.50 a meter. OK, $1.50 a meter a month and that doesn't hurt anybody," said Cranford.

Miller said they are meeting with TVA again later this month.

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