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We are petitioning to stop the aquatic treatment at Roseberry Creek on Lake Guntersville as it is currently planned beginning in April 2009. Currently a group titled "Roseberry Rescue" sought to take over the treatment of the creek as TVA indicates that they @(TVA) will no longer treat aquatic growth around the private boathouses in the creek. The Roseberry Rescue group plans to raise money that includes substantial sums $80k or more from owners, including members of the Scottsboro City Council. 1. We understand and agree that the creek needs managed control of aquatic weeds to allow for anglers, homeowners, and other lake users. 2. We have no problem with homeowners finding qualified means to treat their own boathouses using a professional pesticide application company, as long as the treatment is in the direct localized paramaters of their boathouses. 3. We are against the total eradication and/or over treatment of grasses including exotics that are critical to the eco-support of fish and wildlife in Roseberry Creek and lake Guntersville. 4. We are against the utilization of any public funds city or county to assist the small group of lakefront property owners in the destruction of habitat or treatment of their private docks/boathouses that sit on public waters. At current the treatment plans sought by the Roseberry Rescue group could use chemicals affecting the grasses in an umpredictable manner for the next three years. This could substantially reduce the quality of fish and wildlife enjoyed by thousands of anglers and enthusiasts that visit Roseberry Creek each year. We believe that for one group to control or eradicate grasses in a public area using local public money sets a dangerous precedent in future management of Guntersville Lake. By signing this petition, we agree that no public money in any sense either by the city of Scottsboro or by Jackson County should be used to help fund treatment of aquatic vegetation for private property owners on public waters. We agree that legislation should be considered as to who can apply dangerous pesticides into public waters and to how they can be applied. We agree that a committee of diversified lake users and business interests should be established in order to dictate any use of chemical or any controlled mechanisms for aquatic weed growth on Guntersville Lake.

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