To minimize fragmentation and spreading of plants, avoid boating through dense hydrilla mats.
Remove hydrilla from your boat's propeller and trailer before and after boating.
Dispose of all plant fragments on shore: Because new plants can sprout from fragments, all plant material cut or collected MUST be removed from the lake. Throwing hydrilla back in the lake can result in a maximum fine of $2000 per plant.
Follow City of Austin hydrilla disposal guidelines:
Plants should be placed as far up on the shore as possible.
Plant material stockpiled within 75' of the water's edge should be surrounded on the downslope side by silt fencing.
Plant material pulled from the lake will contain small fish and other organisms, and will have an odor associated with it. The plants are mostly water, and piles will lose 90% of their bulk within 2-4 weeks. This material can be used to mulch flowerbeds or gardens.
Learn more about Friends of Lake Austin (FOLA) - a citizen group dedicated to preserving and enhancing Lake Austin for those who live, work and play on the lake. They have been working to help fight the hydrilla infestation on Lake Austin and are taking an active role in the approved management plan