AQUATIC VEGETATION MANAGEMENT
Plants that grow in the water can create a complex habitat, providing a food source as well as a hiding place for small fish. Vegetation needs to be managed to keep a beneficial environment for all involved. We look to promote native, desirable vegetation while identifying and controlling non-native, aggressive varieties.
The Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan addresses this at Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes through identification, control and permitting measures. The process requires ongoing identification and prevention and seeks to preserve recreation and shoreline access.
PERMITS AND FORMS
Treating the water with herbicides to control aquatic vegetation must be done by a licensed applicator. Those licensed to treat the lake must receive a permit and submit a follow-up report within 30 days of the treatment.
QUESTIONS ABOUT AQUATIC VEGETATION
Protect the spread of aquatic invasive species by using the clean, drain, dry technique.
- Clean off visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud from all equipment before leaving water access
- Drain motor, bilge, livewell, and other water containing devices before leaving water access
- Dry everything for at least five days OR wipe with a towel before reuse