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LETTER: Lake holds burden of floods

To the Editor: Congratulations to you, The Daily Republic and staff, on all the awards and much earned recognition received for your excellent work. Your newspaper is my favorite way to start the day. I do wish you were here this morning when the...

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To the Editor:

Congratulations to you, The Daily Republic and staff, on all the awards and much earned recognition received for your excellent work. Your newspaper is my favorite way to start the day.

I do wish you were here this morning when the lake is like glass and reflecting the nature surrounding it. It is very pretty at first glance. What you see on second glance is not so nice, there are "Rivers," streaks and pools, of slimy green and brown gunk along the edges and out at least 300 feet. Yes, already, on June 6.

It does not look clean, it is not clean due to the constant flow. Yes, the water is still going over the dam, but the spring precipitation has brought far more polluted runoff into the lake than rain onto the surface. Not only is there shoreline erosion from the high water levels, but the Firesteel river has flushed our watershed area into the lake. It does not stay on the surface, it is thoroughly agitated into the over four-mile length of the lake. We do not have a clean lake. There is an urgent need to proceed to somehow filter and clean what is coming in.

Your idea of "Lake Mitchell Days" is a great idea. For a year or two, (back in the 90's) the radio station sponsored a Fourth of July boat parade. That was really fun. So was having a "survivor" game on the island. Your positive attitude toward "promoting the importance of having a well-kept lake right in our city" is commendable. We all need to work toward this goal.

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Sherry Stilley

Mitchell

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