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Lake Gaston Stakeholders' Board (LGSB)

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What is it ???  Who are they ??? What are they doing ???

            You may have seen some news articles or perhaps a friend has chatted about the LGSB. But does everyone have a good understanding regarding the answers to the questions above ?


            The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) is a national organization and is involved with a range of activities from catalog merchandizing to conservation. Their Conservation group became concerned about Lake Gaston based on member input regarding the declining quality of the fishery.  BASS expressed their concern to both the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council (LGWCC) and the Lake Gaston Association (LGA). The outcome is the LGSB.


            How did we get from there to here?  Easy, it all has to do with fish habitat and noxious weeds. There is the common link. It took a little time for the three groups to realize that their objectives for the well being of Lake Gaston were very similar, if not identical.


            The first all-day meeting of the LGSB was held in early December 2004. The mission of the Board is quite simple. Create a managed eco-based plan dealing with the entire vegetation issue of Lake Gaston. Since that first meeting, the board has met five additional times. The most recent was December 15, 2005. Minutes from these meetings may be found on the LGA and Weed Control Council Web sites, www.lakegastonassoc.com, and www.lgwcc.org, respectively. There have also been a number of meetings by sub groups including the Science Team, recently renamed the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).


           An additional committee, Governance, was established to formulate the structure of the organization, including how it would operate, who would be voting members, etc. A committee was also established to develop a funding plan, and another, communications, was established to convey Board actions and plans to interested citizens and groups for information sharing, and feedback. During the September 22nd meeting, a Chairman, Pete Deschenes, Vice Chairman, Boyd Strain, and a Secretary, Larry Jolly, were elected to guide the organization.


            Twenty-one organizations are represented on the LGSB. There are about 45 individuals representing these groups. Locally, there are 13 groups / organizations that are participating. There are also eight (8) state, federal and university organizations involved.


            The TAG is comprised of roughly 10 experts in the area of fish habitat and the management & control of noxious weeds. Yes, for an impoundment like Lake Gaston to become or remain a healthy fishery, there is a need for aquatic vegetation. This Team is tasked with the responsibility of understanding the current Lake environment and using all control tools available to recommend management options focused on an eco-solution. This plan will be presented to the Weed Control Council for implementation. Actual treatment under the new plan will not begin until 2007. The treatment plan for this year, 2006, will be discussed at the Weed Control Council meeting scheduled for January 4, 2006 with an eye toward supporting the work of the LGSB.


            The TAG will annually review the progress made by the Weed Control Council during the past year. They will not only evaluate progress, but they will adjust the plan annually based on changes to the Lake eco-system and any ‘state of the art’ control tools that become available. Dr. Boyd Strain has agreed to be the Lake Gaston representative on this team and keep the team on task.

            Poor communication and lack of total public involvement has been a traditional concern of noxious weed treatment on Lake Gaston. Several activities are underway to change the past:

  • The Weed Management Plan will be made public within the next few weeks, as will the Treatment Plan for 2006.  A Media Plan has been developed that will keep the public informed.

  • Public input will be solicited & information sessions are currently being planned for February/March of 2006, including day and night sessions to give everyone an opportunity to attend. One meeting will be held in each quadrant of the lake.  Information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the Lake Gaston Association. and Weed Control Council websites.

The LGSB is committed to make sure that Lake residents and concerned citizens who want to share their ideas & all who are interested in learning more about the management and treatment plans  and their implementation will have more than adequate opportunity to do so.

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Public Forums will be held (one in each quadrant of the lake) during early 2006
February 16 @ 7 pm (Thurs) - Ebony VFD
February 25 @ 1 pm (Sat) - Littleton Community Center
March 16 @ 4 pm (Thurs) - Central Volunteer Rescue, Gasburg
March 30 @ 7 pm (Thurs) - Longbridge VFD


Each Forum will consist of a short presentation followed by a question and answer session.  A panel of four technical experts will be available to answer questions.  Input will be captured for consideration by the Stakeholder Board in finalizing the plan.  The tentative schedule is above.