Lake Gaston Stakeholders
Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes (Unapproved)
Pete Deschenes called the meeting to order at 9:15 am. at the Long
Bridge Volunteer Fire Department Building, Warren County, N.C.
Deschenes welcomed everyone and asked those present to introduce
him/herself and identify the organization he/she represents (see list of
attendees attached). There were 31 stakeholder board members and
Larry Jolly asked for additions or corrections to the December 15, 2005
minutes previously submitted. Hearing none, the minutes were unanimously
Deschenes said he would like the meeting to focus on action items and to
develop an action register identifying the issue, who is taking
ownership and the timeline. The minutes will be developed to address
Vice President Resignation
Deschenes reported that Boyd Strain was moving from the area and has
resigned as LGSB Vice President. He asked for volunteers to fill this
position. After some discussion, Doug Hughes agreed to accept the
position, if approved by the Board. Following a motion and second that
Doug Hughes serve as Vice President, he was unanimously approved by the
voting members present.
LGA Recommendations for
Jolly, President of the Lake Gaston Association, provided an overview of
the LGA recommendation for the Lake Gaston Management Plan. The LGA plan
focused on the process and number of triploid grass carp that should be
introduced into the lake. (The LGA Plan is attached to the secretary’s
minutes.) The TAG did review the LGA Plan at their last meeting and did
not endorse it because they felt it only addressed grass carp.)
Public Informational Forums
Hughes, Chair of the Communications Committee, reviewed the activities
of the four (4) informational forums held around the lake. It was felt
that they were successful, with about 150 people in attendance. He
thanked Kirk Rundle (N.C. Wildlife Resources), Harrell Johnson (RRBA),
Rob Richardson (N.C. State University), Vic DiCenzo (Va. Department of
Game and Inland Fisheries), Rob Emens (NC DENR) and Larry Jolly (LGSB)
for participating on the panel. ACTION The USACOE can be helpful
in communicating with the public on the action plan for R & D efforts
and why we have problems on Lake Gaston. (See section under USACOE
Report later in the minutes.) Pete Deschenes and Doug Hughes will take
this charge and stay in contact with the USACOE, LGWCC and PLM.
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TAG Meeting April 25, 2006
Johnson, Chair of TAG, provided a report of their meeting on April 25,
noted that Dr. Phil Kirk, a noted grass carp expert, was present at
their meeting. TAG reviewed:
Work to be done by the
Agreed to be accountable to
the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council (LGWCC) only for treatment
recommendations, not budget
Treatment options if full
funding is not available
Public comments at forums
ACTION Rob Richardson (NC State) will develop a fact sheet on
chemicals used to treat noxious weeds in Lake Gaston. He will also
work with Dr. Kirk in developing a “talking paper” to help educate the
public concerning lake wide problems on chemicals and grass carp. An
issue was raised about fish kills seen on the lake and what might be
causing these. Rob will try to address this in his paper.
Dr. Kirk felt 10
carp/vegetated acre was a good goal, give USACOE two (2) years and
Decision process of TAG is
One deficiency is there is
no true authority vested in TAG—LGWCC does have authority. LGSB is now
for the first time giving feedback to the LGWCC, filling a void. LGWCC
does have a lack of resources. ACTION Dominion will try to
educate the public that anyone treating with chemicals must report to
All applicators will be
invited to TAG meetings as non-voting members.
of the TAG was unanimously accepted. It was suggested that minutes of
TAG be distributed prior to the LGSB meeting—the recommendation was well
USACOE—R & D Work Plan
was provided by the USACOE concerning their R & D work plan. About
$99,000 from federal money and $400,000 from USDA is earmarked for Lake
Gaston. The Plan focuses on:
Aging and tagging of grass
Press release provided upon
R & D will be an
ecologically integrated plan
Plant replacement for
noxious weeds, tuber study in soil, monitoring affect of carp eating,
whole lake vegetative mapping, etc.
Fly study and
releasing—working closely with N.C. State, N.C. & Va. Wildlife, N.C.
Prison and Va. Tech.
The USACOE is not against
grass carp but needs ecological information if need more carp, they
would support after analysis.
Baseline the lake
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They are concerned that
there may be too much treatment before study and they support
Their R & D has already
started last fall. Once their plan has been finalized they report back
to the LGSB.
Lake Treatment Company
Cheek, President of Professional Lake Management (PLM) was introduced.
PLM is a fully integrated management company and is under contract with
the LGWCC for weed treatment. Chris provided an overview of his company
and their plans for the future.
reported that the LGWCC has developed a job description for an Executive
Director and activated a search committee.
Owners Associations’ interest in LGSB
Deschenes reported on discussions with LGSB members concerning property
owner associations having a seat at the table and a vote on the LGSB.
ACTION Doug Hughes and Pete Deschenes will repeat the proposal for
property owner association voting on the LGSB, which was previously
Lake Treatment Options and
Overuse of Treatments
options of noxious weeds were discussed. There have been no examples of
over aggressive use of grass carp in other lakes. ACTION Dr.
Smart will try to address this in his fact sheet, about over use of
treatments. Vic and Rob agreed to attend meetings with the USACOE when
they present this information.
was raised about how we know we are not killing “good” weeds when
treating for noxious weeds, which type of chemical and at what rate?
ACTION Chris Cheek agreed to develop a working paper on this issue
to help educate the public.
of draw down of the lake was reviewed. This is not necessarily a
“no-no”. ACTION The TAG will consider all tools in fighting
noxious weeds. Dominion said they would be willing to work with TAG and
realized this may be part of an effective management plan.
hydrilla mats were also discussed. ACTION Chris Cheek will look
at this issue this fall and will develop a trial plan of action and a
budget. It appears that there are budgeted funds approved by the LGWCC.
concerning floridone treatments and the lasting effectiveness of these
treatments surfaced. ACTION Shaun Hyde along with Chris and
USACOE agreed to develop a fact sheet to help educate the public on this
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opportunity for a guest speaker at the annual LGA meeting to be held on
June 10, 2006 was reviewed by Larry Jolly. ACTION Dr. Smart
agreed to be the guest speaker to start the communications process with
the public on activities on Lake Gaston and what the USACOE plans for R
& D on the lake. Also, Chris Cheek, PLM, will present the most current
2006 treatment plan for the lake and Vic DiCenzo will be present to
answer questions about fish, i.e. grass carp
Deschenes provided an update on the Funding Committee. There was
discussion about the USACOE looking at restructuring future project
funding that might include some form of matching funds. ACTION
Look at getting Chris Horton, Harry Miller, John Slaton, Judge Manning,
and Almira Papierniak together to discuss funding. ACTION Pete
Deschenes will email everyone on possible meeting dates and time.
items, a concern was raised about establishing goals and dates those
goals should be accomplished. Also expectations (Governance Plan) of the
TAG. It was noted by Pete that today’s meeting was a start at
identifying action items and the responsible person to complete the
items or tasks.
was asked, when will we know when the LGSB has finished with the plan
that was approved by the board and/or have addressed the items in the
plan. ACTION Larry Jolly will review the plan and past board
minutes to research this issue.
item raised was a concern that the TAG made a recommendation to the
LGWCC concerning the introduction of 7,000 grass carp before it came
before the LGSB. The plan is for the TAG to provide advise to the LGSB
first but this appeared to be an unfortunate timing issue. In the
discussion a reference was made to pages 12-13 of the 2006 General
Action Plan of the “Managing Aquatic Plants in Lake Gaston, A Long-term
agreed the next meeting would be held late October or early November
no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.
by Larry Jolly, Secretary.
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Attendees at Lake Gaston
April 27, 2006
Pete Deschenes Friends of the Flotilla 93
Larry Jolly LGA
Jim Howell Lake Gaston Stripers Club
John Slaton Northampton County (alternate)
Vic DiCenzo Va. Dept. Game & Inland Fisheries
Jim Thornton Dominion Power
John Church Warren County (alternate)
Almira Papierniak Lake Gaston C of C
Harrell Johnson Roanoke River Basin Assn.
Board of Realtors
Mathew Delk Halifax County Commissioners (alternate)
Va. BASS Federation
Warren County Commissioners
Don Beazely Lake Gaston Water Safety Council
City of Virginia Beach
Kirk Rundle N C Wildlife Resources (alternate)
Robert Gunkle USACOE—R & D Center
NON -VOTING ATTENDEES
Bruce Johnson Pine View Subdivision
Bob Etheridge LGA (alternate)
Joe Peterson Dominion Power
Bob Lohr Lake Gaston Colony Club Assn.
Skip Wiegersma ANPC
Underwood LGA Executive Director
Hughes Lake Gaston Gazette
Hyde SePro Corp.
Richardson N.C. State University
Wiley Littleton resident