Here is the latest (February 2013) update regarding Clair Lake.
The representative for Beechwood South is Nathan Slichter. The letter below is from the chair of the Clair Lake committee that Nathan participates in on behalf of BSHA.
Dear Beechwood Residents
Some of you make have noticed that the heavy work on Clair Lake is winding up. The Lake has now been dredged and the silt piled in the greenbelt will soon be dewatered enough to be hauled away. Once that silt is gone, the greenbelt will be restored to its former grassy state, with trees replanted to make it look the way it did before we started. The rocks that will prevent erosion have been placed along the dam and most of the banks. Many of the big trees along the northeast end of the lake have been removed and smaller new trees will be planted to regrow along that bank over the years, along with other plantings, this spring. The chain link fence has been mostly removed. The rest of it will be replaced with a higher fence along the outlet (in compliance with safety codes) that does not stretch as far as the last fence did, opening up the lake for better viewing. Soon new logs will be placed in the dam and the lake will be refilled. One can see at the moment that there is a deeper section in the middle of the lake and a shallower area on the northeast end where aquatic plants will be planted keep the lake cleaner and healthier. Hopefully by June or so, all work will be done and we will have our lake and greenbelt back.
There is a barrier of rocks along the west end of the lake with a small opening visible at the moment. That barrier is there to create the ".wet meadow". which should hold back storm surges and slow the water so that the silt deposits behind the barrier, not in the lake. Two issues that the Clair Lake Citizen's Task force will be discussing with the city soon are 1) funding for the dredging of that wet meadow every 5 to 10 years which will prevent silt filling the lake back up for another 80 to 100 years and 2) the rock barrier defining the wet meadow should not be so visible that it makes the lake look substantially smaller.
As always if you have questions, please feel free to contact myself or other task force members.
Chair, Clair Lake Citizens Task Force
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