Permits for the 2021 season will be accepted March 1 through May 30.
No applications will be accepted outside of this timeframe by either Texas Parks & Wildlife or the Athens Municipal Water Authority.
Texas Parks & Wildlife dictates how and what types of vegetation treatments can be used on public waters in the State of Texas. Because of this, all vegetation treatments must be approved by a TPWD biologist, for mechanical, biological, chemical, or environmental intervention treatments. Below are useful links, forms, and guides to help you start this process. For assistance in identifying your aquatic vegetation species, please follow this guide, or take pictures and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All treatments must be approved by both the TPWD field office and the Athens Municipal Water Authority. The Athens Municipal Water Authority will NOT approve any permits that are incomplete, incorrect, or illegible. Applications must have: a TPWD Aquatic Vegetation Treatment Proposal, treatment area map, Exotic Species Posession Permit (if applicable), AMWA permit (both pages), and the accompanying AMWA permit application fee.
All chemicals for treatment must be on the pre-approved list from TPWD and be applied by a State approved, licensed, applicator. A list of approved applicators can be viewed here (this may not include all approved applicators in the State, but this list is provided as a convenience). All aquatic vegetation treatment proposals must list herbicides that will be used, not may be used.
You will be able to treat your shoreline, up to either 6' in water depth, or 75' from shore. Each ingress/egress account must apply and obtain a separate permit (if you receive two annual invoices from AMWA you will need two permits). Vegetation treatment permits are valid until December 31, 2021. Applications for vegetation treatment permits will only be accepted from March 1 to May 30, this year.
If you would like to apply for both a mechanical and chemical treatment permit, you must complete two seperate permit applications. You will no longer be able to combine multiple treatments on one AMWA permit/TPWD treatment proposal form.
Mechanical Treatments may be conducted at anytime, after the applicant has been granted approval from TPWD and the Authority. Mechanical removal may occur up to December 31.
Chemical Treatments may be conducted during the following windows:
May 3 - May 14 (applications must be approved no later than April 15, to qualify for this treatment)
June 7 - June 18 (applications must be approved no later than May 21, to qualify for this treatment)
August 9 - August 20
September 20 - October 1
More details can be found in the Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan For Lake Athens.
TPWD Exotic Species Permit Application for Aquatic Vegetation Removal (this form must be submitted to TPWD Austin, not to AMWA)
AMWA Vegetation Treatment Permit Application (no permit applications with a revision date before 3/1/2021 will be accepted)
Gary Dugan, Inspector/Chief of Police
(903) 804-8501 option 3
Local Field Biologist
Jake D. Norman
TPWD Inland Fisheries Region 2, District Supervisor
(903) 593-5077 office
(903) 566-3542 fax
Texas Parks and Wildlife Vegetation Surveys
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