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Lake Environment Committee

Maintaining the environmental well being of Lake Gaston

The Lake Gaston Association’s Lake Environment Committee will be starting their vegetation program for 2019 on June 11. We are in dire need of volunteers. Normally we look for at least a day of your time but will take what we can get. Please contact Wally Sayko: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (434) 636-5393.

The project supports not only the male population but ladies are most welcome also. Some of the tasks do not require you to be in the water. If you have high school age children they are welcome and if they need Community Service Certification we do that through North Carolina State University. The schedule is as follows:

  • June 11th - 8:30 a.m. Granite Hall Shores
  • June 12th - 8:30 a.m. Poplar Creek boat ramp
  • June 13th - TBD
  • Lunch and drinks are provided
  • You will be working in waist deep water. Old tennis shoes or water shoes are recommended and gloves.
  • The more people we have the easier the job and also the quicker. Please consider volunteering.
  • If you reply: let me know day/days and location you prefer to work.

Sedimentation

The Committee has successfully resolved two sedimentation issues with state governments. In Virginia, a tobacco farmer whose property has allowed runoff to dump unacceptable amounts of sediment into Poplar Creek has planted natural barriers between his crop and the creek and has stopped planting tobacco in favor of soybeans. In North Carolina, our efforts concerning excessive runoff and sediment entering Stonehouse Creek from a Motor Cross track on Hwy. 903 has resulted in the track being closed and natural vegetation is re-growing that will effectively stem runoff. If you are aware of a sedimentation/runoff issue, contact the Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Weed Control

Respondents in our 2015 LGA Membership Survey told us that water quality is the number one concern of lake property owners. Although the Committee remains convinced that Lake Gaston is one of the cleanest lakes in North Carolina and Virginia, this spring we will begin an ecoli testing program in about 20 locations in our coves and creeks which are not regularly tested by state water quality authorities. Volunteers will take monthly water samples throughout the summer and test results will be reported to both North Carolina and Virginia.

There are additional points that the Committee would like to test, especially on the southeast side of the lake. If you are interested in volunteering for one or more test points, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about using the test kits, there is a series of four training videos on YouTube. The first video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c59nedG9So. The others will be listed in the right column.

Water Allocation

The Committee is a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Management Stakeholders Group and participates in weekly water management teleconferences representing the issues and concerns of LGA members. We will notify members when lake levels may be higher or lower than normal levels (199 – 200 feet) for extended periods through email and this web site.

New Lake Manager

We welcomed our new Lake Manager Jessica Bauman at our last meeting. Jessica is part of the NCSU Crop Sciences Dept. She brings years of working in the LKG area. She was part of North Carolina Wildlife Commission for a number of years. She has been a very busy person monitoring the Hydrilla and Lyngbya treatments via the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council. And now supporting training for the lake survey. Welcome Jessica. And of course we still have Steve Hoyle for his always excellent support.