Your Columbia Association (CA) assessment dollars help protect and restore Columbia’s waterways. Columbia’s open space, which includes three man-made lakes (Lake Elkhorn, Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake), along with 41 ponds and stream valleys, makes Columbia a beautiful place to live, work and play. It takes a lot of work to keep Columbia’s waterways aesthetically pleasing while also protecting the environment.
Dredging projects to remove the sediment from all three lakes were completed recently. A management plan also has been developed to ensure that all of Columbia’s waterways are maintained and protected. Open Space Management crews do a lot of work behind the scenes to keep Columbia’s waterways clean. CA cleans up trash and debris from all ponds, stream valleys and lakes. This clean-up prevents trash from blocking the normal flow of water to reduce flooding during rainstorms.
Reforestation, bio-retention projects, shoreline plantings and CA’s Rain Garden Cost Share Program help reduce the amount of sediment that runs off surface areas into Columbia’s waterways.
The lakes and ponds are here for you and your family to enjoy, and thanks to your assessment dollars paying for such efforts, they look great!
For more information on the Columbia Association’s Watershed Management plan, visit ColumbiaWatershed.org.
-Article by Mary Weeks