‘Dry’ dredging for Lake P'tree?

When the Fayette County Water System gets around to dredging Lake Peachtree, it will likely drain the lake and then scoop out the silt the old-fashioned way.

That’s the best way to visually confirm how much silt and sediment are removed, county water system director Lee Pope told the Fayette County Commission last week.

Pope also suggested the county look at conducting stream bank restoration upstream of the lake to help prevent silt and sediment from becoming a problem in the lake. As Pope noted, part of the reason for dredging the lake is to make sure there is adequate volume for storing water, since the city-owned lake also serves as a reservoir.

The other dredging option would be to keep the lake full and use the same barge-type system that was used the last time Lake Peachtree was dredged. It would cost a lot more and take longer than the dry-bed option, along with possibly tying up Drake Field for a dewatering operation before the sludge is hauled off, Pope explained.

Furthermore, keeping the lake full would make it more difficult to confirm how much silt and sediment were actually removed by the end of the process, Pope added.

County Manager Steve Rapson pointed out that Peachtree City has several events planned on the lake, so it will be important to work with the city on the timeframe for the dredging process.

johenry
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What's wrong with the lake???

They're not dredging.

bladderq
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Not dredging

Bet they say there is no equipment to do such a thing in the muck. Somehow there was such equipment in the WA state flood. Dem's...Let no crisis go to waste. RINO....Let no project not line someone's pocket.

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Dredge the Lake...& Lagoon

What is anyone waiting on? And will the issue w/ the N Lagoon be addressed?

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RE: Lake Dredging

My advise:

-- Do it NOW while the lake is empty
-- Do it FAST to get it refilled before Memorial Day
-- Include the east and north lagoons

moelarrycurly
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We can dream

Now can't we?

Seriously, da gubment just don't act that fast. Sorry.

Husband and Fat...
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Fish and wildlife

It would be nice to know how the county plans to deal with the fish and wildlife in the lake. Would they be left to die? Will we have kind hearted residents relocating fish? Will it be restocked?

Would hate to see someone drive out onto the dry lake bed and get stuck. Forgot, someone from Mensa already tried this. Lol

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Good news!

Just this weekend, I saw 5 flocks of ducks with very small suitcases, (actually they were duffel bags-a shade of emerald green) come over the treetops at Lake McIntosh and land on the water's edge. The very last one to land had a tiny sign that read, "Out of the muck, into the Mac". I never knew ducks could smile till this weekend.

There once was a fish
who had one simple wish
I just want to swim, forever and ever.

I just want to roam
my big wet fish home
and not have to move out, not ever.

Then came the drought,
now talk of a dredge.
I'm just a goofy fish,
Please leave me alone!

Sigh, just give me some rain,
This is all too insane,
I'm heading downriver for now.

(eat your heart out, Walt Whitman)

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MLC

Not exactly a "Whitman" sampler but good for a quick chuckle. It sounds a little like R. Ryckeley's work.

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unbelievable

So how many time are we going to drain and refill lake Peachtree?

Husband and Fat...
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Timing is everything

Would hate to see this done any other time than winter. November-March sounds good to me and probably less water usage during this time period.

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When you have a mayor

who has prioritized walks, runs, crawls, swims, dragon boats and cartwheels around the lake as more important than a systemic approach to timely water reservoir maintenance, this is what you end up with. This is your "play dollars" at work aka property taxes going to recreational pursuits that are now a higher priority than a county water system doing the years overdue dredge. Intergovernmental cooperation? How about intergovernmental pressure? Let's see how much money is saved doing this new gut job on the lake bed.

And stream bank restoration upstream? Here's the plan that was knocked down. Have the golf course keep their sandtrap sand out of our city owned and county managed water supply. At their expense, not the county, not the city. Fine 'em if they don't comply.

Just as this county is welcoming new businesses, maybe a new college, PTC has it's butt backside up for all the newbie visitors and residents to see. Come to play, come to stay...

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