Lake Burton Civic Association

Non-Native/Invasive Plants on Lake Burton

Special thanks to Patrick O’Rouke, Fisheries Biologist at Georgia Power, for the following information. Please note that before treating any plant species on the lake, you must complete the GA Power Permit.

For non-native/invasive plants, Georgia Power will typically permit homeowners to treat them without many questions.  Georgia Power may or may not treat these on a larger scale, depending on their impact on project purposes (power generation, navigation, recreation areas, etc.).  

Georgia Power is always keeping an eye out for new invasive species.  Occasionally, there will be a new outbreak, and they will do what they can to eradicate it.  Once a new plant has established itself in a lake, eradication is typically impossible, and managing the impact is the most that can be done.

  • Click on the photos below to learn more about the different species of invasive plants.
  • Lake Burton homeowners must apply to treat aquatic plants; click below for the brochure and permit application.

Parrot feather
Filamentous Algae
GA Power Brochure

Native Plants on Lake Burton

Typically, native plants are not treated or permitted to be treated by Georgia Power unless they are creating a major navigational issue or some other very localized reason.  They’re good for fish habitat, so they are good for the lake.

  • Click on the photos to learn more about each species.
Common Rush
Water Willow
Muskgrass Chara