Back in November I managed take one last tour of the year across Watts Bar Lake in my canoe.
As I cruised along the Kingston waterfront my paddle kept getting stuck in large patches of weeds. When I raised the paddle from the water it was covered in clumps of weeds.
These are not ordinary weeds. These are non-native — also called invasive — weeds.
These weeds, including hydrilla, milfoil and spiny leaf naiad, grow thick in the shallow water.