Aquatic Plant Survey, Lake Gaston

 Lake Gaston (via lakegastondreams.com)

Lake Gaston (via lakegastondreams.com)

     Starting in mid-August, about 25 Lake Gaston residents began taking samples to help map what plants are growing on the man-made lake’s bottom. And, according to Brett Hartis, Lake Gaston Aquatic Weed specialist, that’s one reason why the large lake is so susceptible to invasive plants; with no native seed bed offering competition, species like hydrilla can easily take hold and the lake’s biodiversity suffers. Brett Hartis is working hard with Army Corps of Engineers to improve lake conditions and lake biodiversity to help prevent the introduction, and proliferation, of native plant species.