BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it is going to reduce the water in Saline Lake to combat aquatic plants.

The department said in a news release that the drawdown is scheduled to begin June 14 and the lake will be refilled no later than the first week of October.

Once the water has been sufficiently lowered, department personnel will spray herbicides on the exposed vegetation.

The lake will still be open to boaters. But officials are urging people to be cautious because the lowered waters mean boat lanes will not have the normal clearance above underwater obstacles.

Saline Lake was created in 1933 with the building of the Allen Dam. The lake has often been plagued by aquatic vegetation that can be problematic for boating and fishing.

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