Lake Renovations

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The restoration process will begin in 2015 with spillway and fish rearing pond renovation, and the installation of dredge piping.  Since the lake’s creation in 1967, it has lost nearly 30% of its volume as a result of siltation.  Sediment washing in from the watershed has filled the lake.  Hydraulic dredging will remove this deposited sediment from the lake bottom, increase lake depth, and provide multiple recreation benefits for the public.  A hydraulic dredge floats on the water and excavates and pumps the material through a temporary pipeline to an offsite location.  This dredge acts like a floating vacuum cleaner that can remove sediment very precisely.  It is a very unobtrusive method that does not disturb the shoreline and only requires one trip to put the dredge in the water and one trip out when the project is complete.  More noticeable and invasive restoration work will begin in early 2017 when the lake is drained to complete shoreline stabilization and fish rehabilitation.  Some 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. The boat ramp will be closed and park shelters will be first come, first serve only in 2017.  The lake will begin to fill back up again during the winter and spring of 2017-2018 and fish restocking will take place.

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Hydraulic Dredge used to remove sediment from the bottom of the lake.

 

Currently much of the shoreline of Easter Lake is slowly eroding away from being hit by waves.

Currently, much of the shoreline of Easter Lake is slowly eroding away due to waves.

 

As a part of the lake renovations, shorelines will be sloped back and stabilized with rock and/or native vegetation.

As a part of the lake renovations, shorelines will be sloped back and stabilized with rock and/or native vegetation.

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