Caddo Lake Institute

Invasives Species Work

For many years, the ecological and recreational values of Caddo Lake have been threatened by a number of non-native plants and animals, such as hydrilla, water hyacinth, Chinese tallow and nutria. In 2006, the latest invasive species – giant salvinia – was found in the lake, and it may pose the greatest threat because of its rapid growth. CLI has taken a lead in coordinating efforts of local communities and state agencies in Texas and Louisiana for public education and experimentation with management tools for controlling giant salvinia and other aquatic invasive species. The projects CLI has initiated or in which it has played a significant role are below.

Additional information on Caddo Lake and its watershed can be found on CLI's data website -


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