Town To Begin Maintenance Of Carolina Beach Lake Algae; Litter

The Town of Carolina Beach is planning regular maintenance of the Carolina Beach Lake to remove algae and litter from the water. In recent weeks several residents have complained about the appearance of the algae and the foul smell with the arrival of warmer weather.  (Photo from festival held at the lake in April 2018.) The Town of Carolina Beach is planning regular maintenance of the Carolina Beach Lake to remove algae and litter from the water. In recent weeks several residents have complained about the appearance of the algae and the foul smell with the arrival of warmer weather. (Photo from festival held at the lake in April 2018.)

Town To Begin Maintenance Of Carolina Beach Lake Algae; Litter Featured

By / Local News / الأربعاء, 09 أيار 2018 15:17

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach is preparing to begin a regular maintenance schedule for the Carolina Beach Lake to address algae growth and to remove litter from the waters edge.

The Town began receiving complaints from neighboring property owners around the lake in March regarding trash around the lake.

On Tuesday May 8th, Town Manager Michael Cramer explained, "The weather gets warm and people start talking about the lake. Currently the plan is to have our Parks and Recreation Maintenance Supervisor out picking up trash in the park and along the sides of the lake on a daily basis.  I am expecting that we will have our Stormwater Crews at the lake once a week, depending on weather, to rake from the bank."

Cramer explained that in addition to employees cleaning up the area and the algae, the Town is exploring chemical treats to reduce growth of the algae.

He explained, "We are researching a different chemical treatment that may prevent the growth of the vegetation.  Once we decide on a product we will have a licensed and trained chemical application contractor apply the product as directed by the manufacturer.  If we get trash in the lake that is caught up in the vegetation and we can’t get to it from the bank, we will take the boat out there to pick up the trash.  That will be on an as needed basis."

Cramer said the work should begin later this week.

The Carolina Beach Town Council held a workshop on April 24th to discuss the future of a $2.7 million dollar project to finish dredging the Carolina Beach Lake as well as the cost of disposing of material already removed from the Lake being held on Army property off Dow Road.

Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer updated Council during their January 9th, meeting on the status of completing the project to dredge the lake.

The Town Council voted unanimously to terminate a contract with Civil Works Contracting to dredge the lake  during their December 12th, meeting. The Town continues to search for alternate locations to dispose of soil dredged from the Lake.

Dredging was suspended August 29th after the U.S. Army expressed concerns about dredge material removed from the lake being deposited at the wrong location on Army land off Dow Road.

In October the Town was notified that owners of one alternate location changed their minds about taking on the material following soil tests which showed higher levels of arsenic. That land is located north of Snow's Cut Bridge in the undeveloped portion  of a new residential neighborhood.

During the April 24th, meeting the Council wanted more detailed information on options ranging from leaving the remaining material in the lake, finishing the project, and exploring the use of Town land located north of Snow's Cut Bridge off River Road behind property owned by the U.S. Coast Guard. That plan would require building a road across the Coast Guard property to access the Town's property.

Cramer said he will return with additional info and figures later this summer.

The goal of that project was to make the lake deeper to a consistent depth of 6' to 8' feet and improve capacity to hold approximately 16 million gallons of storm water runoff that has traditionally caused flooding of surrounding properties and roadways. The total volume to be removed from the lake was estimated to be approximately 83,000 cubic yards of material. The original completion date for the project was scheduled for February 9th, 2018. When the project was suspended August 29th, the contractor had removed approximately 30,000 cubic yards of material to the wastewater treatment plant.

Prior to the dredging project, in 2016 the Town treated the lake on a monthly basis during the warmer months using a chemical treatment. The Town used a copper sulfate granular product to help kill the aquatic vegetation and then  rake it out.
 
A company was contracted to treat the lake on a regular basis using that chemical to help manage plant growth in the water. That's what gave the water a deep blue tint at the time. The Town had used that method numerous times over the years and the chemical was environmentally safe and poses no risk to wildlife or humans.

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