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DEEP Begins Drawdown of Lake Beseck

State to lower lake by six feet by Nov. 1.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) this week began the process of lowering Lake Beseck, according to a letter sent to Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw.

Brayshaw said residents should take the necessary steps to prepare for the drawdown, including removing docks.

State statute requires the DEEP to lower the lake by six feet in odd numbered years (three feet in even numbered years). The process will be complete by Nov. 1, according to the letter.

After Dec. 31, a three-foot drawdown will be maintained until March 1 and the lake will be restored to "normal water surface elevation" by April 15.

According to the DEEP, lowering the lake will require about 50 hours of supervision and cost the town (taxpayers) between $3,000 to $3,500.

The town is charged regardless of the outcome of the drawdown, including if officials are unable to lower the lake due to weather, the letter says.

Ellen Waff October 05, 2011 at 02:30 PM
When Alpine takes over Powder Ridge....hopefully within the month, the lake waters will be needed to make snow. Now maybe they won't be able to open this year, so the point is moot, but next year and on beyond that the water will be crucial to their operation. The statute must be rescinded!
Annette Woodcock October 06, 2011 at 02:33 AM
The filth that lands at the waterfall end of the lake is awful. The amount of taxes we pay, and the amount we had to dish out for the sewers to keep the lake clean. There should be some sort of clean up efforts. There also needs to be better monitoring of the boats and water activities. Too much debris is thrown from boats. With the money out of our pockets. It does not seem DEEP is doing anything to monitor the cleanliness of the lake. And they have done nothing to try to control the weeds growing, that make it almost impossible to get in and swim.

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