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Lake Environment Committee

Maintaining the environmental well being of Lake Gaston

We invite you to the May 1st LGA monthly meeting at the Lake Gaston Baptist Church (across from Subway NC Hwy 903) to hear firsthand from our Lake Manager, Jessica Baumann sharing results of the 2018 Fall Lake Survey and treatment plans for 2019.

Just a few data points to share with you:

  • Hydrilla: The 2018 survey reported 386 acres of Hydrilla vs 374 acres in 2017. So the trend is solid. Most of the Hydrilla was located in Upper Lizard Creek and Pea Hill Creek. Both areas received applications in August to help control the outbreak.
  • Lyngbya: Lyngbya showed up in 15% of the rake tosses by our volunteers in 2018 vs 16% in 2017. Lyngbya still remains the main focus for 2019. There will be minimal expansion sites for Lyngbya. The main reason is for the past two years the results of treatments have been very mixed. There has not been a process or product that will do great damage to the dreaded algae. Jessica is moving up the treatment schedule to begin earlier in the year. April is the targeted date.
  • Grass Carp: We will be inserting about 7,500 sterile grass carp into areas of the lake. At this time those sites are Upper Lizard Creek and Hawtree area. This is subject to change.
  • High Water and Muddy Water: The LGA has continually kept residents apprised of the ongoing levels on the lake. We want to thank Dominion Energy for providing us with regular updates. This has been somewhat of a historic rain period from last September to present. Dominion Energy has presented to the membership on 2 occasions during this time period. The muddy water is not very pretty but rain/snow events west of us all the way to Smith Mountain Lake are contributors to this high water and muddy water. So what we need is about 2 weeks with no rain in the Roanoke River Basin. Then perhaps it will clean up a bit.

The Lake Environment Committee is planning the Vegetation Project for 2019. Should happen about mid-June, so please think about volunteering.