Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about aquatic weeds, how Georgia Power is treating them, and their potential impact on Lake Sinclair.
We manage nearly 1,400 miles of shoreline statewide. Our goal is to keep our public access areas open and primary navigation channels clear.
As part of our strategic program to accomplish our goal, Georgia Power treats the areas where our experts tell us aquatic herbicide treatment is most effective to deter the spread of weeds.
We don’t treat around private docks unless the area is targeted as part of our strategic program. Starting in May 2018, we treated the Beaver Dam Creek area twice for hydrilla. Some of the areas at the north end of the lake will be included in our strategic program in 2019.
With 417 miles of shoreline around Lake Sinclair (that’s further than a road trip from Milledgeville, Georgia to Orlando, Florida), lake management issues that don’t affect power generation or regulatory compliance, such as dredging, debris/litter removal, and treating aquatic nuisance plants around docks, are handled through our permitting programs for lake residents (no permitting fee required), and volunteer activities such as lake clean-ups.
Some herbicides have water use restrictions associated with the label; the applicator is responsible for communicating water use restrictions to each resident.
The applicator is best-suited to and responsible for communicating water use restrictions according to the warning labels on each chemical applied.
We have not seen any effects at Wallace Dam (Lake Oconee) or Sinclair Dam (Lake Sinclair).
They are often moved as “aquatic hitchhikers.” Weeds from one lake caught on a boat trailer or prop “hitch-hike” to another lake when the boat is launched; also birds can move plants between body’s of water.
When pieces of the plant break off they can easily float away and take root at another location. Dredging permits may be an option for appropriate locations during a drawdown.