Plant growth along edge of Lake Junaluska concerns some nearby residents

Some Lake Junaluska residents say there's too much plant growth along the lake edge, blocking their views. They'd like to see some of it cut back. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some Lake Junaluska residents say there's too much plant growth along the lake edge, blocking their views. They'd like to see some of it cut back.

Lake leaders implemented a lake edge management plan five years ago, allowing more natural growth to foster wildlife and to reduce runoff into the lake.

But some residents say it's gotten out of hand.

Both sides say they're looking for balance.

“It's getting so bad around the edges of the lake and it looks so bad, it's hurting property values,” says resident Sandra Pennell.

“If we have areas where growth has gotten now to where it's obscuring views from people's homes, that's something we definitely want to address,” says Lake Junaluska executive director Ken Howle.

Committees and groups meet routinely and say they'll continue discussion about this topic in hopes of finding common sense solutions.

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