Nutria Abatement

Nutria (Myocastor coypus)

Nutria (Myocastor coypus)

LID 15 continues to address maintenance issues in Riverstone lakes and wetlands that are caused by nutria. Nutria are considered an invasive species, and in 2020 the District started a program to control their population in Riverstone. Nutria are more than a nuisance animal, as their burrows can cause stability issues with the levee. They also consume and destroy valuable wetlands vegetation that LID 15 is legally required to maintain under federal law. Due to potential risks to the levee, wetlands, and public health and safety, the nutria must be removed from the community.

The District is scheduled to perform additional nutria abatement May 2 – 4 during the overnight hours: 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. To successfully remove this invasive species from the community, pest control contractors must work late at night in public parks that are adjacent to homes and backyards. The contractors will be present in wetlands area around Riverstone and all personnel will be uniformed and clearly identifiable to residents. The District has also coordinated with the Precinct 3 Constable to patrol the area in case any residents are alarmed or unaware of this public notice.

The District appreciates the communities patience dealing with nutria issues and thanks residents for their understanding and consideration.

Alligators in LID 15

An alligator was spotted recently in Lake Riverstone, but at this time it has not exhibited behavior that would be defined as “nuisance” by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).  Alligators are native to LID 15 and can be found in the lakes and bayous around Riverstone.  LID 15 follows the guidance and regulations set by TPWD for trapping and relocating alligators.

If You See an Alligator

Many Texans will live in close proximity to these native reptiles with no confrontations, however, there are occasions when certain alligators become a “nuisance” and must be handled by the proper authorities. The current legal definition of a nuisance alligator is “an alligator that is depredating (killing livestock or pets) or a threat to human health and safety.”   TPWD is the only authority that can deem an alligator a nuisance because of their protected status.

Alligators have a natural fear of humans and usually retreat away when approached by people, however, the following are instances in which local authorities should be notified:

  • If you see an alligator in the roadway;
  • If an alligator is repeatedly following boats, canoes or other watercrafts, and/or maintains a close distance without submersing; or
  • If you walk near the water and an alligator comes straight toward you, especially if it comes out of the water.

If you notice any of these “nuisance” behaviors, contact LID 15 using the following link and the incident will be reported to TWPD: