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Salt Cedar Eradication

For the better part of a century, water supplies in the Texas Panhandle have been in short supply and high demand.

The Tamarisk Tree, commonly known as the Salt Cedar, is notorious for using huge amounts of water.

The plant was imported from Asia in the nineteenth century, and immediately took over Lake Meredith's ecosystem, and in effect, its water supply.

To help protect this resource, the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority and Lake Meredith Park officials have teamed up to try to eradicate the invasive Salt Cedars from the area.

As one mature plant can suck up more than two hundred gallons of water a day, officials are hopeful that eliminating the salt cedars would help increase the lake's water level.

So far about five thousand acres have been sprayed, with about fifteen hundred acres to go.

The chemical process takes two years to work - after that, the park will begin a prescribed burn to take care of the rest.

 

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