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    New Approach Undertaken
For Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes residents' battle to
keep their community lakes in Sun
set Beach healthy and looking good
escalated a notch recently with the
hiring of a professional management
Since 1991 the TWin Lakes Resi
dents Conservation Association has
taken a biological approach to man
agement, stocking the 60 acres of
lakes with sterile, grass-eating carp
to help control vegetative growth. A
portion of the Eastern Lake lies
along N.C. 179 toward Calabash.
The association had hoped that in
troduction of grass-eating carp and
an end to irrigation pumping would
alleviate most of the problems.
Results have been mixed, said
President Eddie Walters, prompting
the association to reconsider a
broader range of actions, a package
first recommended to it in 1991 by
Tom Rial of North Carolina Lake
Management, Inc. of Elizabethtown.
"It's going to take human inter
vention to correct the problems that
have developed over the years,"
Walters told Sunset Beach Town
Council members last week. "Every
step will help?a sewer system, bet
ter control of fertilizer application,
everything we do."
At one time lakefront property
owners thought use of lake water for
irrigation by Oyster Bay Golf Links
was the major cause of the lakes'
problems, which sometimes resulted
in runaway growth of algae and
weeds, low oxygen levels and occa
sional fish kills.
Oyster Bay no longer uses the
lakes for irrigation and is committed
to sharing the cost of lakes manage
ment, Walters said, and the lakes'
overall condition has improved, just
not as much as property owners
would like.
"It will never be under control; it
will always require management,"
said association member Walter
Hoff. "The lakes are not stream-fed.
Everything that goes in the lake set
tles to the bottom."
Without human intervention, said
Hoff, eutrophication will continue,
with the increase in nutrients gradu
ally reducing the dissolved oxygen
and creating an environment that fa
BIRDWATCHING is a popular pastime for visitors to Eastern
Lake, one of the Twin Lakes on the mainland in Sunset Beach.
vors plant over animal life.
The lakes are shallow, with an ir
regular shoreline and no known
source of replenishment other than
rainwater. Septic tank leachate and
runoff from the surrounding residen
tial community are sources of bacte
ria, sediment and high levels of nu
trients such as phosphate and nitro
gen that encourage weed growth and
algae blooms.
For a S345 monthly maintenance
fee, North Carolina Lake Manage
ment, Inc. has agreed to take over
treatment and control of algae and
aquatic weeds, shoreline grasses and
brush, using EPA-approved chemi
cals. The company will also provide
annual water chemistry testing and
reporting as part of its aquatic man
agement program.
Its goal is to work toward a
growth pattern of natural balance,
allowing beneficial aquatic plants to
propagate while controlling the
spread of algae and other fast-giow
ing noxious weeds.
Previous management efforts
have been a cooperative venture of
the five-year-old association, the
town of Sunset Beach, Oyster Bay
Golf Links and Sea Trail Plantation.
This time around the $4,140 cost
will be split three ways among the
town, property owners and Oyster
Bay. After two years of co-sponsor
ship Sea Trail has elected not to par
ticipate in the new management ef
fort. citing the costs of managing its
own 100 acres of lakes.
Town council members commit
ted to one-year participation only
and will reassess the town's role at
the end of the contract period. Left
open for discussion was the vague
possibility of the town someday as
suming ownership of the lakes.
The town reached an agreement
with the conservation association in
1991 to assist with management of
the Twin l^akes "from time to time,"
since the privately-owned lakes are
of Brunswick
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to fishing.
"We need to look at this from
year-to-year," suggested Council
Herb Klinker. "There's a question of
the precedent we're setting. What if
Sea Trail came before us with a sim
ilar request?"
While fish restocking isn't includ
ed in this year's Twin Lakes man
agement contract, future plans call
for the triploid carp to continue
playing a large role in aquatic weed
control in the lakes.
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Brunswick County
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