Georgia Power Company

Georgia Power manages aquatic invasive species in their 15 reservoirs across the state. Georgia Power manually removed and treated hydrilla found at its Lake Sinclair Little River Park marina during a routine aquatic plant management project at one of its operating plants. It also has a reservoir marina operator notification program and issues occasional notes to residents regarding aquatic invasive species. In addition to the marina operator network, Georgia Power surveys Lakes Jackson, Juliette, Oconee, and Sinclair for aquatic nuisance plant species. Personnel involved in water quality work are also looking for aquatic invasive species and the Company’s reservoirs are surveyed on a quarterly basis. While Georgia Power personnel are trained to identify aquatic invasive species, the Company also relies on local residents for aquatic invasive species control requests, and has alerted resident marina operators to look out for aquatic invasive species, especially hydrilla. Georgia Power does routine herbicide applications for a number of aquatic plants in its reservoirs including giant cutgrass, water hyacinth, spiny leaf naiad, Brazilian Elodea, and Eurasian water milfoil. In 2006, Georgia Power made 44 herbicide applications to reservoirs and generating plant sites for aquatic plant management covering 270 acres. Georgia Power has accumulated annual end-of-growing-season point intercept sampling data for Lake Juliette since 2001 showing native and aquatic invasive plant species percentage occurrence. These data could be used to evaluate the impacts of stocking a small number of grass carp and follow up with additional point survey data to show effects of grass carp on the plant populations.