Congressman John Fleming, M.D. will be hosting a Congressional Field Hearing on Giant Salvinia, an invasive aquatic fern that has rapidly proliferated throughout waterways in the Ark-La-Tex.  Native to Brazil, Giant Salvinia clogs waterways, blocks sunlight, and depletes oxygen levels, resulting in severe impacts on commercial and recreational activities.  

This hearing will take place at LSUS on Monday, June 27 at 10am. Afterwards, he will tour Caddo Lake to explore the effects of Giant Salvinia firsthand.   

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WHO:   Congressman John Fleming (LA-04) & Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) & Other Guests

WHAT:  Field Hearing on “Giant Salvinia: How Do We Protect Our Ecosystems”

WHEN:  Monday, June 27, 2011, 10:00 A.M.

WHERE:  LSU-S University Center Theater, One University Place - on the campus of LSU, Shreveport, LA

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WHO:   Congressman John Fleming (LA-04) & Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) & Guests

WHAT:  Caddo Lake Boat Tour of Giant Salvinia - The tour will provide a view of a “large mat” of actively growing giant salvinia and an explanation of ongoing control methods (i.e. spraying and giant salvina weevil disbursement).

WHEN:  Monday, June 27, 2011 2:30 P.M. - 4 P.M.

WHERE:  Caddo Lake State Park, 245 Park Road 2, Karnack, TX, 75661, (903) 679-3351

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Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.