Planting event hopes to help prevent erosion, foster fish growth in Lake Sinclair

Crews from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) planting vegetation on the shoreline of Lake Sinclair / Matt Thielke (WGXA)

EATONTON, Ga. -- Crews from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were out on Lake Sinclair on Friday planting vegetation that they hope will help to curb erosion and protect the natural environment of the wildlife living in the area.

Scott Robinson, Regional Operation Manager of Fisheries Management for Georgia DNR, said that the department was able to build a greenhouse in Social Circle thanks to a donation from Yamaha. Now, they are able to grow plants year round to make sure they are able to protect the water quality and animal life in the lake.

Robinson said fish often lay eggs among the vegetation at the shoreline of the lake and that without enough plants there, silt and other debris can filter into the water, harming those nursery areas. This can cause a decline in the population of wildlife in the lake.

On Friday, crews planted various different species of plants that adapt well to aquatic situations that were grown in the Georgia DNR's new greenhouse.

Robinson said the department has been executing planting projects on a smaller scale for about 20 years, but that now thanks to the donation from Yamaha to allow them to build a greenhouse, they are able to plant vegetation on a consistent basis.

He said this helps to provide a good sanctuary for fish to grow and mature in the lake, which is good news for anglers.

Not only does the crew work to increase vegetation on public property, Robinson said oftentimes neighborhoods get in contact with the Georgia DNR and asks them to plant on shorelines on private property.

On Friday, the crews were able to put in 200 new plants, though Robinson said sometimes they are able to plant up to 2,000 in a day. That's great news for both animal life in the lake and those enjoying what the area has to offer.

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