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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Lake Rising Fast

The official lake elevation as of Tuesday was 827.08 feet. Conservation level is 836 feet. My rain gage shows that we received another 3 inches of rain from Tuesday morning until this morning (at the time of this posting). Wise County is under flash flood warnings and we are expecting to have continuous rains throughout the day. If the rains continue, most likely the lake will rise to conservation level or above much quicker than expected. So anyone needing to move docks or ramps should do so ASAP.

Please look at the latest lake photos taken yesterday posted below.

Dredging and Clearing is Linked to Erosion

If photos don’t tell enough of a story, then all you have to do is a Google search to discover that many strems and lakes are suffering the effects of new subdivision clearing and dredging. According to one of our residents, last week the new developer, Mr. John Femrite, had his crew clearing much brush and trees and burning them. The effects of the burning damaged other trees. Add this to the dredging done over the last few months and we have a recipe for a Lake Disaster.

Read the following accounts . . .

“One hundred and fifty acres of timber is cleared to make way for a new subdivision. Without a retention pond or adequate soil erosion control, heavy rainfall overwhelms the barren watershed. Soil flows into the nameless creek until it reaches its destination-the best fishing hole for miles. The rocky pool is silted in and water willow is smothered. Once again, the Meramec River feels the sting of progress in its watershed.”
Source: “Good Fishing Follows Good Habitat” at http://www.smallmouth.org/MissouriHabitat.html

“Erosion is a natural process, but can be sped up by clearing land for development and agriculture. A typical construction site can erode at a rate up to 100,000 tons per square mile per year, and can damage up to three miles of waterway below the site. In contrast, forest land erodes at rates up to 50 tons per square mile per year, and agricultural crop land erodes up to 500 tons per square mile per year. . . The act of dredging, especially if heavy equipment is used, can destroy stream bank or wetland vegetation, altering and removing habitat and the filtering properties of the area. Dredging can also cause the destruction of river bottom habitat for many species. . .”
Source:: “Sediment and Your River” at http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/river/rivsediment.htm

Please look at the latest lake photos taken yesterday posted below.

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