Dredging Update

Famed author Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Columbia’s lakes are treasures to behold — and care for.

Columbia Association (CA) is committed to maintaining the environmental and aesthetic value of our three man-made lakes. This is why you may have seen the towering equipment by the pavilion at Lake Elkhorn these days.

The dredging of Lake Elkhorn in Owen Brown began in late July, and all signs show the project in full swing with a December completion target. If you walk or bike around the lake, you may notice that the water level seems lower and that there’s a lot of “stuff” floating around. This will all look very different at project’s end.

While the parking area off Broken Land Parkway is unavailable until completion of the process, the paths, playground and sights surrounding the lake are still easily accessible. Visitors can park in the area just off Cradlerock Way across from McDonald’s or on sections of the roadside as well.

Lake Elkhorn is the final of three dredging projects. Lake Kittamaqundi was finished in January and Wilde Lake was completed in July. Total sediment removed from these two projects was approximately 62,000 cubic yards. Here’s more about Columbia’s dredging projects.

Written by Mark Scott

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