DUNE LAKES: THE BATTLE OF INVASIVE PLANTS

Photo: Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance  The invasive reeds form dense bamboo-like stands that can choke out waterways, like the channel connecting Western Lake to Grayton.

Photo: Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

The invasive reeds form dense bamboo-like stands that can choke out waterways, like the channel connecting Western Lake to Grayton.


Courtesy of Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

AmeriCorps members, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance staff, and local volunteers have been working hard to make major progress removing invasive reeds from the coastal dune lakes of South Walton County.

The phragmites forms dense bamboo-like stands that can choke out waterways. The channel that connects Western Lake to the Grayton portion of the lake is being restricted. 

The restoration team has been cutting back the invasive vegetation, loading into Gheenoes, and towing it back by kayak to an area where it can be hauled away and destroyed.