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Hydrilla on Lake Norman, news article & information

Lake Norman Marine Commission Announces Future Sterile Grass Carp Stocking Plans

Lake Norman, NC (December, 2018) – The Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) is announcing the plans for future stocking of sterile grass carp to control the growth of hydrilla on Lake Norman.

Hydrilla is an aggressive invasive non-native aquatic weed that left unchecked can negatively impact a lake or reservoir in just a few years.  Dense stands of the plant can lower dissolved oxygen in the water, interfere with power generation and boating and swimming, cause extensive sedimentation, and lower surrounding property values.  Approximately 8,000 acres of hydrilla habitat is available on Lake Norman based on the 20 ft. contour of the lake.  A recent comprehensive survey performed by NC State found active hydrilla growth in 640 acres on Lake Norman, primarily in the Ramsey Creek area.

A recent meeting with the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC Aquatic Weed Program), NC Wildlife Resource Commission, Duke Energy, Charlotte Water and Lake Norman Marine Commission developed a detailed plan for stocking of sterile grass carp next spring in Lake Norman.  Sterile grass carp have been used successfully in Lake Norman and many other NC reservoirs to control hydrilla.  This planned stocking of 12,500 grass carp in mid to late March of 2019 will compliment the previous stocking of 10,200 grass carp in May of 2018.  These stockings will provide adequate concentration of fish to reduce the current outbreak of 640 acres and to also prevent the hydrilla from spreading to other areas of the lake. Each year a survey will be conducted in the fall to determine extent of hydrilla infestation to help determine future stocking plans.  It is anticipated that the current 640 acres of active hydrilla growth will be largely eliminated in the next 2-3 years.

Additional information on plans and  what you can do (click link below): LNMC – Hydrilla management at Lake Norman

ews article about hydrilla on Lake Norman, February 14, 2018 (click link below):

https://www.mooresvilletribune.com/news/hydrilla-again-rearing-its-ugly-head-in-lake-norman/article_7d5edb32-11a2-11e8-931d-2b694df4bd40.html

 

Pamphlet about hydrilla (click on page to enlarge):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*** Notice to Boaters *** Aids to Navigation Report ***

Notice to Boaters: The following Aids to navigation (ATONS) are in need of repair, non-functioning, missing or not in their proper location.  Upgrade list shows markers that are functional but need upgrading in the future.

Needs Repair:

  • Marker at Blythe Landing needs replacing, will renumber outer lighted markers to BL1 & BL2
  • Main Channel  Marker 5, sign is missing on one side.
  • Marker R5, signs are missing, signs will be replaced, light remains functional.
  • Marker P1, sign is missing on side facing Yacht Club.
  • Marker P2, sign is missing on one side.
  • Marker D4, light is not functioning properly

Upgrades Needed:

  • Several markers have osprey nests currently, nests will be removed when birds leave and we will be installing additional nesting platforms on some of the markers that have recurring nests.
  • Marker D4, south side is badly faded

Report problems with Aids to Navigation (ATON) to lnmc@lnmc.org

Please report any problems with Aids to Navigation (ATON) to lnmc@lnmc.org. When reporting a problem, please provide as much information as possible, i.e. sign number/letter(s), location with GPS coordinates (if possible). Also, please include contact information (name, email address, telephone number) in case the Lake Norman Marine Commission needs additional information.

ATONs are the channel markers, shoal markers, no wake buoys, and informational buoys.

Problems with ATONs include: marker is missing, lights not working, signs missing or faded, poles leaning, buoys out of position, buoy damaged and/or not floating properly.

The next meeting of the LNMC is scheduled for January 14, 2019 7:00 pm, Charles Mack Citizens Center

The next monthly meeting of the LNMC is scheduled for Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Charles Mack Citizens Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, NC.  There is no meeting scheduled in December.

Reports of algae and seaweed on the rise; however, upon investigation the algae/seaweed is not harmful or invasive

Reports of algae and seaweed to the Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) and Duke Energy have risen in last  few weeks. The LNMC has forwarded these reports to the North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources (NC DENR) and to Duke Energy. NC DENR reports from its investigation that the algae/seaweed is not harmful, is a natural occurrance in the ecosystem and will grow while the water temperature stays at summer levels.  Attached is a factsheet from Duke Energy about Chara and Nitella algae.

LNMC – Chara Factsheet from Duke Energy

https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-data/water-sciences-home-page/ecosystems-branch/algae-aquatic-plants/fact-sheets

 

2018 Listing of Boating Safely classes & free vessel safety inspections

LNMC – 2018 Boating Safety classes & vessel inspections offered in the Lake Norman area

Updated August 14, 2017: I-77 widening over Reeds Creek

January 17, 2017

Per a statement received from Sugarcreek Construction:

In the coming weeks, initial preparatory work will begin in order to facilitate the bridge widening works over Reeds Creek on I-77. This email serves as notification to Duke Energy and LNMC of commencement of the work on the bridge. Signage will soon be placed near the bridge, with safety and environmental devices to follow.

March 22, 2017

Per a statement received from Sugarcreek Construction:

We are beginning works on the Reeds Creek Bridge that will require intermittent, short-duration closures of the channel during certain activities to ensure the safety of boaters. These closures are anticipated to primarily be intermittent and very short in duration (~1hr or so). Channel closure signs will be deployed during these times and channel access will be closed, and then opened back up as soon as the operation is stable and public can safely pass. The subcontractor performing the bridge construction has advised that boat traffic has been extremely minimal in the last few weeks. We believe this maximizes public access by implementing multiple short closures (rather than more lengthy ones), while allowing construction activities to proceed. This email serves as notification to Duke Energy and LNMC of the subject channel closures moving forward. Longer duration closures will be necessary during future activities, and we will keep you informed as those approach.

August 14, 2017

Per a statement received from Sugarcreek Construction:

We will soon begin setting the girders at the Lake Norman / I-77 Bridge. A full channel closure will be implemented during this work for public and boater safety in accordance with the Navigational Safety Plan. This closure is currently anticipated to occur on Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29. We will keep you informed of any schedule adjustments as this work approaches. Once the work is complete, we will return to the current short-duration closures on an as-needed basis.

Contact list from the Catawba Riverkeepers for reporting problems on Lake Norman

http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/our-work/covekeepers/lake-norman-covekeepers-1/2010-01%20LKN%20Covekeeper%20County%20Officials%20Call%20List.pdf

Keeping up with navigation aids isn’t easy

http://www.hickoryrecord.com/mooresville_tribune/community/article_092d1c8e-ee5b-11e2-8e41-0019bb30f31a.html

 

 

On Lake Norman: Marine commission revises rules for charter boats

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/27/4058689/on-lake-norman-marine-commission.html