RANDLEMAN, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority to enhance aquatic vegetation in Randleman Reservoir, a 3,000-acre reservoir located in Randolph and Guilford counties.
In June, Commission staff helped build 13 fenced-in, protected areas in the reservoir and planted them with aquatic vegetation. The protected areas are located in shallow areas near the shore and will help shield the young plants from turtles, carp and other predators that eat aquatic vegetation.
Mark Fowlkes, an aquatic habitat coordinator for the Commission, hopes the groups of plants, known as “founder colonies,” will grow outside of the fenced areas and spread to other parts of the reservoir.
“We planted emergent, rooted-floating leaf and submerged plant species, such as lizard tail, arrowhead, soft-stem bulrush, pickerelweed, white-water lily and eelgrass, to provide nursery