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LETTER: Lake Mitchell cleanup will be community effort

To the Editor: Thank you Daily Republic, you are exactly right! Community involvement will be imperative to the success of the lake restoration project, and we intend to do just that. The kick-off Watershed Advisory Committee meeting was a great ...

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To the Editor:

Thank you Daily Republic, you are exactly right! Community involvement will be imperative to the success of the lake restoration project, and we intend to do just that. The kick-off Watershed Advisory Committee meeting was a great opportunity for members to get briefed on the issues and obstacles that plague our Lake Mitchell. This was an important first step.

It is our responsibility to inform and represent the public, and to provide guidance and feedback to the various governing bodies overseeing the Lake Mitchell Restoration project. Phosphorus in our lake is the key component to the problems that exist such as, algal blooms and toxins, low water clarity and fish kills. The core sampling completed by Fyra Engineering estimated the internal load of phosphorus at 34,500 pounds per year and an external load from our watershed of 125,000 pounds per year. The watershed of Lake Mitchell is estimated at 350,960 acres, a ratio of 524:1.

The Lake Mitchell restoration project will take a community effort from the region, and we are truly committed to being fully transparent as well as informational and supportive to accomplishing our community goal - a safe and healthy Lake Mitchell.

We invite your questions and feedback as we work to restore our beautiful Lake Mitchell. All updates from the WAC and TAT committees have been posted to the City of Mitchell webpage under Lake Rehabilitation Project.

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Darron Werkmeister

WAC Committee Member

Mitchell

Related Topics: LAKE MITCHELL
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