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Lake Environment Committee

Maintaining the environmental well being of Lake Gaston

 If you have noticed aquatic vegetation in exclosures or cages, you have seen what is being done to establish native vegetation at Lake Gaston. As the level of invasive Hydrilla decreases, providing an opportunity for colonies of native vegetation to take its place is important. These natives help prevent shoreline erosion, improve water quality and provide habitat for invertebrates and fish. These cages help reduce grazing by turtles and grass carp, giving the natives time to get established.

With the exception of 2020 (say “Pandemic”), new cages have been built and native vegetation transplanted from other areas of the lake into the cages.

This collaborative effort is funded by the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council and the Sport Fish Restoration Program. LGA volunteers work side by side with staff from NC State University Crop Science, NC Wildlife Commission and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

We will be getting hands on this June 15th-17th. Volunteers typically work in 2-3’ water, pulling up and then transplanting native vegetation, repair existing cages and build new cages. If you would like to get “hands on” for part of a day, or for all three days, let me know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.