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LETTER: A different approach to Lake Mitchell

To the Editor: I believe there is a better alternative to drain the swamp. I agree with parts of their solution, treating watershed with buffer strips and retention ponds to stop incoming salt and chemicals. This is a must. However, the $19 milli...

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To the Editor:

I believe there is a better alternative to drain the swamp.

I agree with parts of their solution, treating watershed with buffer strips and retention ponds to stop incoming salt and chemicals. This is a must.

However, the $19 million figure to drain, dredge and remove 2 million cubic yards of sediment is ridiculous! It would take 200,000 10-ton truck loads to haul this amount. Imagine the impact that this traffic would have on roads to dispose of this.

It's been reported that if they dump this on a 40-acre field, it would raise 15.5 feet. If spread on 640 acre section, it would be 1 foot deep. However, this land will produce nothing but weeds for years to come because of lack of structure and nutrients. (Ask people adjacent to Lake Hanson.)

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I haven't heard location of loading points. Assuming they would be fairly close to shoreline on fairly level area, about the only suitable sites I can think of are our public beaches and picnic areas. They would be destroyed and would have to be renovated.

In talking with people in Huron, Ravine Lake was dredged as they claim it isn't any better.

If draining the lake is still an option, has anyone explored how many years it would take to fill again, restock and make it viable fishing lake again? Maybe five to seven years minimum.

With purchase of disposal site, hauling cost, road repair, beach renovation etc, costs could rise considerably.

As an alternative, I'd like to recommend Brian Brown's method of using biological product to clear the lake. It if works could reapply next 100-200 years based on FYRA estimates.

Lets try! What do we have to lose?

Neil E. Reff

Mitchell

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