Dredging topic at Lake Council meeting

PLYMOUTH — The Marshall County Lakes and Waters Council converged at 6p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 to discuss sediment removal from the lakes and channels in the area.

Many area waters are currently clogged with sediment and silt interfering with recreation on the water. Sediment and silt bind with runoff nutrients and promote aquatic weed growth in Marshall County lakes.
Jim Donahoe of Aquatic Weed Control and Sediment Removal Solutions explained several methods of sediment removal, what to do with the sediment once removed, the permits required from Indiana DNR and grants available as well as took time for Q&A’s.

He said it is important to test the sediment first to determine the consistency and identify which method would be most effective. If the sample was primarily sand than the result is usually pricier. Sediment of mostly natural matter or muck is more easily pumped.

“At a general charge of $1.25 per sq. ft. dredging gets very expensive,” said Donahue.

Donahue’s presentation will be posted on the council’s website: http://www.mclwc.org/.

(For additional details on this story, read the June 27 edition of The Pilot News.)