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  ONALASKA CULTIVATES AQUATIC PLANT LIFE IN LOCAL LAKE
 
By: Texas FFA News
October 15, 2015

 
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The Onalaska FFA Chapter recently embarked on a 10 year community service project in hopes to inflate aquatic plant life into Lake Livingston.  

The chapter has partnered with the Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs Program along with individuals from the Texas Master Naturalist Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and various other local school districts in order to restore lost habitat back into the lake.  



On September 15, members spent the day planting 2,000 American Water-Willows into the Kickapoo Creek area of the lake. These aquatic plants were cultivated by local members in tanks located at their high school facility. 

Once the recently planted American Water-Willows are growing in the shallow areas, the plants will provide cover for small fish, allowing them to grow as well. They will also filter sediment out of the water and its root structure will help prevent shoreline erosion.



Over the next 10 years, with the help of local volunteers, project organizers hope to continue to plant new life into Lake Livingston. Their goal is to have 25 tanks built at local schools so that 10,000+ American Water Willow can be grown and planted each year into Lake Livingston.  
 
 
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