LAKELAND, GA (WALB) - Before drawing down a popular south Georgia lake, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to hear from those who use it.
The plan is to lower the water level at Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Lakeland to kill off and thin out some of the vegetation growing under the water. But, before the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins this process in November they want to hear from you.
Thick plant growth is what you'll find just under the surface of the water around much of Banks Lake. That's why the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it's time to once again lower the water level at the lake.
"We're going to lower the water level in the lake so that we can help to control the vegetation and to improve the fishery," said Susie Heisey, Visitor Services Manager for the Okefenokee and Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuges.
The goal is to expose approximately 30% of the vegetation in the lake so that the cold temperatures in the Winter will kill off the roots of the plants. If this isn't done every three to four years, the lake would become unusable.