Lake Gaston Stakeholders' Board (LGSB)
Stakeholders' Board Activities
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 ?
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
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.
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
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.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.
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
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.
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
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
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.