Rives “Judge” Manning, left, accepts a medallion of recognition from N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson, on behalf of the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council, for hitting a threshold of $500,000 combined donations to the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign. The funds donated directly support the N.C. State Extension specialist who is tied to Lake Gaston and the council’s weed control efforts.


The Lake Gaston Weed Control Council was recently recognized with an award from N.C. State University for contributing over $500,000 over the past seven years. 

LGWCC treasurer Rives ‘Judge’ Manning accepted the award from NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson at NCSU’s Think and Do the Extraordinary campaign “Hooping” Ceremony. Rives has been the champion go between the school and the council for the length of the campaign which started in 2011. 

According to Rives, the council has given the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences about $45,000 a year which helps the school fund a N.C. State Extension specialist dedicated to Lake Gaston and the study of aquatic weeds. Since the partnership began nine years ago, Lake Gaston has reduced the amount of Hydrilla from as much as 5,000 acres to about 150 acres. 

“It’s unbelievable what we have done,” said Rives.

Rives, an alumni of NCSU, said that the school has a program where they give benefits and recognition to donors. “The till level was half a million dollars,” he said. “I got the benefits and recognition, but the award is for the entire weed control council.”

According to Chris Wessel, the Director of Academic Programs/ Departmental Fundraising NC FCS & ECA Foundation, the campaigns goal was the raise $1.6 billion over 10 years, but hit the goal early and plan to keep on fundraising until it’s over.

For more information about the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council visit lgwcc.org