Over 75 LGA volunteers participated this past fall to survey the entire 350 miles of Lake Gaston shoreline. This was a tremendous effort and “hats off” to all those who participated.
Approximately 6,000 sample points were taken. Jessica Baumann, Extension Associate for Lake Gaston with NC State University’s Aquatic Plant Management Program is now analyzing this along with biosonics sonar data to generate a report which will become available in March. Water willow continues to be the greatest component of emergent vegetation. A small population of Hydrilla is still located throughout the lake, but sites in very shallow water, small and patchy. Lyngbya continues to be a concern with some areas showing expansion.
These results along with hydrilla tuber density data will be analyzed by the Technical Advisory Group or TAG. TAG will be making recommendations for integrated management such as Grass Carp stocking, revegetation with natives, and Aquatic Herbicide treatments to the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council (LGWCC) and Stakeholders Group. Members of the LGA Lake Environment Committee are active participants in this management process.
Thanks again to all who volunteer to make this process successful. Your work is critical to keeping our lake environment healthy!