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LakeAnnaLifeTimesAugustSeptember2015 7 overheard IS IT FACT OR FICTION Hydrilla Treatments Part Of Pilot Program Wake Surfing continued from pg. 5 ment officials tell them that as a result they were not enforcing the county ordinances. Wake surfing enthusi- asts present at this meet- ing expressed discontent that their sport was being singled out among many others that created wakes and increased erosion around the lake. While one member not- ed he was present during a subcommittee meeting he protested vehemently that wake surfing was not dangerous to other boats nor did it create exces- sive amounts of dam- aging shoreline erosion compared to other boat- ers using the lake. Other wake surfers pres- ent that spoke against the recommendation in- cluded Matt Smith and Scott McMillan. After much discussion the subcommittees rec- ommendation was not voted on at the July 22 meeting. LAAC member Jim White Orange Coun- ty Supervisor asked for the vote to be tabled. He received a second and the vote was unanimous- ly tabled. At the August 12 LAAC meeting the wake surfing was again on the agenda. This time the committee listened to representa- tives of both Spotsylvania and Louisa County law enforcement detail why they dont currently en- force the wake set back regulations a difficulty holding up in court as well as a number of other reasons. After discussion among the committee members as well as with mem- bers of the public pres- ent representing wake surfing Louisa County Supervisor Stephanie Koren made a motion ad- dress asking the boards of Orange Louisa and Spotsylvania Counties to have consistent shoreline distance requirements and asked the Virginia Department of Game And Inland Fisheries to allow localities to enforce beyond the 50-foot state set minimum. The LAAC passed the motion unanimously. Shannon Sternberg has opened Lake Anna Pilates Yoga on Kentucky Springs Road. dumped into the lake in 1993 and turned loose on the hydrilla. Within a year or so the raven- ous carp ate all of the hydrilla and then turned their appetites to less favored but available aquat- ic weeds around the lake. Gradu- ally the carp spread out over the entire lake indiscriminately har- vesting desirable aquatic weeds as well as non native weeds. This resulted in reduced habitat for many other lake creatures. According to VDGIF and Do- minion Resources biologists Lake Anna is recovering from this eating binge. Fishing has improved on the lake as native weeds have returned providing cover and food for the lakes fish population. Carp are not the answer to the hydrilla question in all cases and while VDGIF supports carp in ponds on its website it does not support the return of carp into Lake Anna at this time. Evidence from other states has indicated that the use of carp is a hit or miss affair. A study published by the state of Washington stated Some- times the stocking rate of sterile Lake Anna Pilates And Yoga Studio Now Open Originally from New Jersey Shannon Sternberg received her Pilates training 10 years ago in the NYCNJ metro area from a Classical Pilates training center. Years before she found her way to pilates Sternberg worked as an orthopedic surgical techni- cian and witnessed first hand how the body is more prone to injury when it is muscularly im- balanced. Applying my medical experi- ence and knowledge to my pi- lates training and subsequent teaching has had a profound change on not only my own body but countless of my clients as well Sternberg told Lake Anna Life Times recently. Sternberg moved to Virginia four years ago with her three teenage boys and opened a Pi- lates studio in the Charlottesville area. They ended up moving to the lake as full time residents in the summer of 2014 and since that time felt there was a definite continued from page 5 continued on page 17 carp results in no control con- trol or even complete elimination of all underwater plants. ...in 39 of the 98 lakes stocked with carp all submersed plant spe- cies were eradicated. It has become the consensus among researchers and aquatic plant managers around the country that grass carp are an all or noth- ing control option. They should be stocked only in water bodies where complete elimination of all submersed plant species can be tolerated. During the winter of 2014-15 the Lake Anna Advisory Committee tasked a Hydrilla Subcommittee to come up with a course of ac- tion for the hydrilla. Subcommittee members Larry Zemke and Doug Smith presi- dent of the LACA worked with a number of volunteers to collect information on possible treat- ment options. The goals of the committee were to develop a long range strategy and plan for hydrilla control at the lake and to determine if hydrilla infestation can be stopped by early applica- tion of herbicides at known sites in the summer of 2015. need for a studio here. In May of this year I closed the studio in Charlottesville and re- located it to Lake Anna. My goal is to provide a resource where people in the community can access information and services to improve their physical health and overall well being. Pilates and yoga work to bal- ance the body so that muscle tissue is both equally strong and flexible which results in allow- ing people to enjoy their recre- ational activities without pain or limitation. Sternbergs studio is fully equipped with a multitude of pi- lates apparatus. Unlike conven- tional gym equipment pilates al- lows for strength building without force or stress on the body. The studio offers classes and private instruction six days a week. Additionally we will be hosting workshops and classes through- out the year on a variety of topics that will help clients with specific issues that affect us as we age. A myofascial release workshop that will address skeletal muscle limitation and pain is anticipated to take place this fall. For more information Stern- berg can be reached at 540.748.7080. There were a number of other tasks the subcommittee worked on as well including gain ex- perience in contracting for and working with licensed applier get cost estimates and select a contractor develop a contract for applications in JuneJuly and Au- gustSeptember identify specific herbicide to be applied and re- search chemicals involved iden- tify and contact homeowners in areas to be treated evaluate and document the performance of the contractor. Community outreach tasks in- cluded to provide education and information to the Lake Anna Community on hydrilla its rec- ognition and control options develop guide to identification of weeds including hydrilla de- velop a QA paper to answer basic questions and publish in- formation articles in all available media. To understand the scope of the hydrilla the LAAC Hydrilla Sub- committee planned to survey the entire lake for the presence of hydrilla establish a volunteer corps and format of informa- tion to be collected conduct the survey and collect the infor- mation document known sites with estimates of their size and characteristics collect informa- tion from survey and develop data base identify areas of hy- drilla presence on map of the Lake and make available on web site assess the effectiveness of herbicides in controlling hydrilla in the outbreak areas measure the areas in June and again in September measure again in June 2016 survey homeowners in the Fall to get feedback on ef- fectiveness assess the impacts of the use of herbicides and level of acceptance by adjacent hom- eowners and survey the adjacent homeowners If the aquatic herbicide treat- ments were not effective in con- trolling hydrilla the committee was prepared to develop a con- tingency plan for future use of grass carp to control hydrilla that included a careful analysis of how many fish would be needed based on acre of hydrilla or total acreage and their effect on na- tive vegetation. By March 2015 they had a