Lake Vilbig Environmental Committee

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P.O. Box 171111

Irving, TX 75017-1111


Monitor and improve the environmental well being of Lake Vilbig. Utilizing the Texas and Urban Watch programs and provide Lake Vilbig residents and the local authorities with environmental news and information concerning our lake.


Chairperson: John Murazak
Texas Watch Monitor: Beverly Root
Texas Watch Monitor: Jerry Skotak

Lake Vilbig Environmental Web Pages

Lake Vilbig Surveys

2015 Lake Survey Conducted by Biologist Bob Lusk

2010 Lake Survey Conducted by Biologist Bob Lusk

2005 Lake Survey Conducted by Biologist Bob Lusk

2000 Lake Survey Conducted by Brad Metzler of Pond King

1995 Lake Survey conducted by Biologist Bob Lusk page 1

1995 Lake Survey conducted by Biologist Bob Lusk page 2

Ecological Habitat Assessment & Biological Inventory of Lake Vilbig

Brown Algae identification March 29, 2009

Texas Watch Data for Lake Vilbig

Texas Stream Team
Texas Watch is changing its name to Texas Stream Team, "Caring For Our Waters" Texas Stream Team is a network of trained volunteers and supportive partners working together to gather information about the natural resources of Texas and to ensure the information is available to all Texans.  Established in 1991, Texas Watch (Texas Stream Team effective Feb. 1, 2008) is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State university, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Currently, over 1,400 Texas Stream Team volunteers collect water quality data on lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, bays, bayous, and estuaries in Texas

Established February 17, 1993 Lake Vilbig Texas Watch Sites are:
15622 (Lake Vilbig @ Garden Terrace),
15621 (Lake Vilbig @ Lakeshore),
80968 (Lake Vilbig @ Lakeshore),
15618 (Lake Vilbig @ NE corner boat ramp),
15619 (Lake Vilbig @ Russdell),
15620 (Lake Vilbig @ Sea Terrace),
15623 (Lake Vilbig @ Pearl Lane), and
16624 (Lake Vilbig @ NW Confluence)

Lake Vilbig Texas Watch Data (1993 - 2009)

Lake Vilbig Texas Watch Data site 80968 (2013 - current)

Lake Vilbig Texas Watch Data site 15622 (2011 - 2014)


Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants  

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Region 6 - 1445 Ross Ave - Dallas 214-665-6444


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency for the state.


City of Irving
Sewage Spills. Sewage back-ups and all water leaks
Sewer back-ups/water leaks (daytime): 972-721-2281
Water pollution control: 972-721-2283
Emergencies day or night: 972-721-2600 or 972-721-2518
Pump Station: 972-721-2664
Water Quality Technician: Terry Rodges 972-721-2248

Code Enforcement: 972-721-2381
Building Inspections & Permits: 972-721-2371
Sanitary Landfill: 972-264-3772


Information on Beavers

The beaver (Castor canadensis) is North America's largest rodent and lives in Lake Vilbig. Beaver will cut any tree, but seem to be fond of the prettiest trees they can find. Some states protect beavers while others classify them as pests. These industrious creatures cause millions of dollars in damage annually. Their dams and burrows flood highways, collapse reservoir dams, and derail trains. Beavers can block a 12-inch culvert in twenty minutes. Beavers are also the main carriers and promoters of Giardia. Giardia is an intestinal disease transmitted in water to humans (refer to the "Texas Sportsman", Dec 1990 issues for more on Giardia and beavers)
A Bit About Beavers
More on the beaver
Guidelines for Controlling Beavers
Some Solutions for Controlling Beavers
Beaver Controll Products

Information on Nutria

The Nutria is a large rodent with a long, scaly, rat-like tail and webbed hind feet. Nutria are herbivores, feeding only on plants. They reproduces so fast that they soon exhausts the food supply around the ponds, and move into areas where they are not wanted. Nutria eat cattails, reeds and other water plants. They dig into the marsh soils to eat the basal and root portions of the plants. Their feeding activity kills the marsh vegetation. The roots of the marsh vegetation binds the soft organic marsh soils together. When this root fabric dies, the soils become susceptible to erosion. Lake Vilbig has a large population of these rodents.

Information on Cormorants

The Cormorant, a prehistoric species of bird with long, snake-like neck. Cormorants are awkward fliers but skillful swimmers, catching bass, crappie, bluegill, and shad. They can often be seen near water holding out their wings to dry. The Chinese used these birds to help them catch fish by putting rings around their necks, which prevent them from swallowing a fish. They cause great damage to the fish populations on Lake Vilbig, often injuring fish too big to swallow. The big fish that somehow survive the onslaught have battle scars across their backs from hook like beaks of these birds. Swarms of these birds start appearing on our lake around November and don't leave until April.
Ray Scott on cormorants


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