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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 20"13 17 DH[ICY00 Continued from page 16 view of the lakes. Many of the nicer plants along the shoreline were planted by people who live in the area, Lagree said. "It certainly doesn't look like the pictures on his PowerPoint productions," she said of Fritch- man. Lagree said biologs have been rejected as a shoreline stabiliza- tion technique in Pennsylvania in favor of riprap. Fritchman said stone and bulk- heads do nothing to improve the water quality. The biologs take three to five years to completely decompose and were put in place to stabilize the shoreline in a natural way, Fritchman said. The fibers of the biologs do break down, he said, but that is an asset to the water colony. "Everything is functioning per- fectly," Fritchman said. helped keep nuisance geese out of the lakes, he said. Before the vegetative buffers were put in the roadways near the lakes were full of goose droppings, but now, due to the height of the grass, geese can't walk into the lakes, Fritch- man said. City Manager Greg Ferrese said the city has a contract with Envirotech to maintain the lake- side vegetation. He said the contract has been in place since the buffers were installed. Fritchman said the Lake Gerar vegetation is constantly main- tained, but the plants at Silver Lake were not maintained until recently because funding was not available. The maintenance process helps keep invasive plants like phragrnities out, he said. Ferrese said the cost of maintenance is $9,700 for the Lake Gerar plant- ings, which wrap around the entire lake, and $2,700 for the smaller Silver Lake buffer. The projects at Lake Gerar and Dragon Continued from page 14 volved in putting these on," Griffin said. She said the festival needs more volunteers to help in a number of areas, including race marshals, registration, on-site information desk, assisting rowers in and out of boats and general dock assistance. "We also ned an announcer," she said. Festival vendors will include Annabella's Italian restaurant, Cake Break, Gilligan's Waterfront Restaurant, Jerry's Seafood Restaurant, King's Homemade Ice Cream Shops, Root Gourmet, Savannah's Deli and Grille, and Touch of Italy. For additional information about the event, go to www. lewesdragonboat.com. For additional information about the academy, go to www.sussexacademy.org. The academy is located at 21150 Airport Road, Georgetown. Phone 302-856-3636. Dragon boat race teams ready So far, 24 teams have registered to compete in Lewes' Dragon Boat Festival 2013. The event is 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, in Lewes Canalfront Park. Griffin, said there's still time for additional sponsored team entries, and a couple of sponsored teams still need more paddlers. Team sponsors and names and team names chosen are: Bad Hair Day? - Bad Hair Day? Ying Yangs Bay Vista Neighbors Rehoboth-Bay - Vista Warriors Beebe Medical Center Built Gym - ,Built Cape Gazette - Cape Gazette Flood Tides Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales - Dogfish Echelon Custom Homes Individual Paddlers Boat 1 - Double Nickel** lay Taylor - Big Eye Tunas Law Offices of Fuqua, Yori and Willard, PA - FYWLAW.com Law Offices of Griffin & Hackett - Griffin & Hackett Power Strokers Law Offices of Scott and Shuman Lewes Building Company & Nucar's Lewes Automall Lewes Women - The Girls With the Dragon Boat Tattoos Lotus Chiropractic -The Well OARjusted NaturaLawn of America - NaturaLawn Dragon Ladies NVR Inc. - Team NVR Pilots' Association for the Bay & River Delaware - Dragon Anchors Quest Fitness & Kayak** Schell Brothers SPI Pharma Striper Bites Sussex Academy *'Accepting individual paddlers Marine Winterization & More 302-945-2627 Open 7 days a week www. 1:3ickEnnis.com gilver Lake were soearheaded m part Iy bare our LaRes Al- liance3, whose board said in a letter, "The improvements at Lake Gerar and Silver Lake may not meet everyone's aes- thetic values, but the intended environmental goals have been accomplished and verified by DNREC with a grade .' While there is more to be done to improve our lakes, it is gratifying that all the time and resources put into these projects have produced the intended results." SOLAYs letter said when the Lake Gerar project was under- taken, there were frequent fish kills, odor from geese droppings and pollution into the lake. Since the shoreline buffer was installed, there is abundant fish- ing, no geese and no fish kills in Lake Gerar, the letter said. SOLAYs letter and President Sallie Forman both echoed Frit- chman's contention that DNREC visited the Silver Lake site and determined the buffer was meet- ing the goals and objectives of stabilizing the shoreline and im- proving the lake's water quality. Forman said Lagree and Cole were in the minority and that overall the buffer projects have been a success, appreciated by the community. In this photo from Silver Lake resi- dent Enid Lagree, she holds up muck she says came from biologs meant to hold lakeside plantings in place. 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