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Lake Restoration Task Force Finds Lake Losing Water
Posted on Feb 15th, 2022

January 12, 2022
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A Task Force was established in mid-2019 which ultimately included a professional lake design company (PACE) from Orange County to study and create a plan to reduce water usage, restore the shoreline, extend the life and improve the usability of our two lakes at Lake Village. This is a large and complex project requiring a comprehensive strategy and specific tactics. Notably, the Task Force determined we are experiencing significant water leakage through the liner in the upper lake. This loss of water is estimated to cost the Association over $10,000 per year at current rates. It was also determined the lower lake is not showing any notable signs of leakage at this time. This Board is determined to fix these problems and reduce the costs of maintaining the lakes. The Task Force is combining the above with specific shoreline upgrades to include a well-defined walking path. Consideration is being given to Member access, safety, and to maximize the lake assets for everyone. This comprehensive approach while meeting the ever evolving need to protect our shoreline ecosystems requires us to utilize strategies and techniques helpful in preventing soil erosion, nutrient and pesticide runoff, exotic plant invasions, and other detrimental processes associated with developed landscapes of our homes. Applying the principles of ecological landscaping will support our wildlife habitat and plant diversity and maintain or even improve water quality in our lakes. An ecological approach to our shore land landscape will also enhance the beauty and functionality of our surroundings. One aspect will be to consider aquatic plants for water filtration. Aquatic plants play an important role in maintaining a healthy water garden. They not only absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the water, improving the environment for fish, and help to balance the nutrients in the water which aid in the reduction of algae growth. The initial proposal from PACE was estimated to cost nearly $3.5 million to repair and update both lakes, which is well beyond the approximate $375,000 in lake renovation funds. To stabilize the lakes at a cost which is in line with the renovation funds, the Task Force has elected to use an ecologically compatible stabilizing compound to reduce leakage in the upper lake and to introduce a combination of small and large boulders at specific locations around both lakes to minimize shoreline erosion caused by water runoff. This will provide a versatile way to change, maintain, and transform our shorelines and enhances lake shore landscape. Ultimately about 30% of the shoreline considering both lakes will have the boulder enhancements to resolve the shoreline erosion and establish a safer walking path. Shoreline restoration has lots of variables that are being considered and reviewed. As the renovation plans continue to be refined, the Task Force will publish more information on the final design, cost and timing. If you have any comments or questions, please email Stephanie Biggs, or submit your name and contact information on the Association’s website:
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