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Commission approves Hydrilla proposal

The Lake Norman Marine Commission will soon have large minnows swimming around in the lake eating up weeds.
At Monday night’s meeting, Bob Elliott, chairman of the Hydrilla committee, announced that the matching funds from the Aquatic Weed Control Council had been approved in the amount of $20,000.
The total cost to put sterile grass carp in the lake is $40,000. Lake Norman Marine Commission will pay for half of that with help from water utilities around the lake and other agencies.
The carp will assist in eating up hydrilla, an aquatic weed which can have negative impacts on the lake, such as lowering the dissolved oxygen in the water.
The only decision that has to be made now is where to place the carp.
Elliot said he hopes the funds for the carp will be paid by June.
Other lake issues were also brought up at the meeting including one from a concerned citizen.
Mike Jones, a resident of Lincoln County, voiced his opinion on Boaters’ Right to Know.
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation established this program in order to help with waste on Lake Norman. |
The campaign requires identification of all wastewater discharges into Lake Norman with signs or buoys.
Currently, there are 33 wastewater treatment plants that are allowed to discharge 3.5 million gallons of treated industrial and municipal water into Lake Norman.
The foundation asked for an ordinance with the Lake Norman Marine Commission last November to place signs on discharge pipes.
Jones hopes this will be a campaign the commission strongly considers.
“I do a lot of lake activities such as kayaking and canoeing,” he said. “I am always close to the water surface.”
He said the campaign would provide something positive for the lake.
In new business, a plan was introduced to help raise funds for navigational aids.
Currently, there are over 140 navigational aids on Lake Norman.
“This has been something that has been discussed for several years,” Elliott said.
The program will allow all private citizens, home owners, businesses and lake associations to get involved.
The campaign will help maintain and or add new navigational aids where needed.
Currently, the Lake Norman Marine Commission is not getting the funds it needs from the county to keep up with maintenance.
Gus Gustafson, president of Lake Norman Striper Swipers has donated $1000 to help kick off the program.
“You don’t know how wonderful it would be to go down the lake and see twinkle twinkle red, green and white,” he said.
In other business, Chairman Randy Reece, presented Buzz Cobb, who retired from Duke Power recently with a plaque.
Reece said he attended Marine Commission meetings regularly and was actively involved with issues on the lake. by Amy Wadsworth

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