To improve water quality in Easter Lake, a watershed management plan was created using research that identified pollutant sources and priority areas to create a set of key actions to guide the restoration of Easter Lake. The Easter Lake Watershed Project involves plan for in-lake restoration work, fisheries improvements, and improvements upstream throughout the watershed.
The Easter Lake Watershed Project has a series of structural improvements planned for the lake and its watershed. These improvements are aimed at increasing the recreational and biological potential of Easter Lake and eliminating pollution sources.
Since its creation in 1967, Easter Lake has lost nearly 30% of its volume as a result of siltation. This siltation is sediment washing in from the watershed and filling in the lake. In order to alleviate these problems dredging is planned for Easter Lake and its detention ponds. Dredging will remove deposited sediment from the lake bottom, increase lake depth, and provide multiple recreational benefits for the public.
The shorelines surrounding Easter Lake are in a variable state. Some banks are suffering from erosion which is adding to the siltation problems the lake is facing. These eroding shorelines also provide poor aquatic habitat.
These portions of the eroded shoreline will be pulled back and rocked along the water’s edge to prevent wave erosion. Other areas will be stabilized with natural vegetation. Reconstruction of the shoreline will provide additional high quality fish habitat and better public access to the lake. Improved aquatic habitat and renovated fishery will drastically improve fishing success at Easter Lake.
Severe erosion is also currently a major issue for the Easter Lake detention ponds, located in Three Lakes Estates. Shoreline erosion is occurring around each detention structures due to a lack of vegetation, waterfowl use, and inadequate maintenance. Establishing a vegetated buffer and increasing slope at the shoreline will promote wetland vegetative growth, and hinder use by nuisance waterfowl.
Yeader Creek Improvements
Starting in late 2014, the Easter Lake Watershed Project will begin stabilizing severely eroding sections of Yeader Creek. These high priority sites were identified durring the 2010 NRCS stream assessment. Once finished these projects will cut-off large sources if sediment from entering Easter lake and improve stream habitat.
Decreasing the amount of sediment entering Easter Lake is critical to restoring it back to a healthy, functioning system. If issues like these are not addressed in the watershed, regardless of what is renovated in the lake, it will face the same problems 20-30 years down the road.
Below is a gallery of pictures taken of Yeader Creek in areas of future stabilizations.