Southerland Passes Bill to Continue Black Fly Suppression Program

March 29, 2007

Southerland Passes Bill to Continue
Black Fly Suppression Program

Nashville, Tenn. Sen. Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) announced today that Senate Bill 741 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday night.  The bill would allow the black fly suppression program to continue for another year.

“The people of Cocke County are tired of being pestered by these gnats,” said Southerland.  “The least we can do is lengthen this program so that they can complete their work.”

For the past 15 years, black flies have been a problem for people that live and work around the French Broad, Pigeon, and the Little Pigeon Rivers.  Larvae of the black flies live in flowing water, like these rivers.  Once the flies hatch, they swarm people and livestock.

University of Tennessee Entomologist Dr. Kevin Moulton is leading the abatement program that was created by legislation that passed last year.

“The quality of life for residents, as well as the tourism industry have suffered,” continued Southerland. “Dr. Kevin Moulton of the University of Tennessee has worked diligently to properly initiate this abatement program and I appreciate his efforts.”

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