PA Lake Successes

Opossum Lake, Cumberland County (near Carlisle, PA)
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UPDATE--OCTOBER 31, 2012 Opossum Lake Ready to be Refilled and Reopened to Public HARRISBURG, Pa. –
A popular Cumberland County lake, which was drained in 2008 in order to rebuild the spillway at the facility’s dam, is ready to be refilled and is expected to be reopened to the public in time for the 2013 regional opening day of trout, according to state officials from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Opossum Lake – a 59-acre lake near Carlisle – was drained in late 2008 by the PFBC after routine inspections discovered that the dam’s spillway had cracks and was leaking. The PFBC manages the lake on behalf of the Commonwealth. Last week, DEP said the PFBC could begin refilling the lake, which will take approximately five to seven months to complete, depending on precipitation.

“This is great news for all the anglers, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts who use the lake,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “It takes a lot of time, money and cooperation to rebuild a dam. We couldn’t have done this without the help of Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland), the Friends of Opossum Lake Conservancy (FOLC), local and county officials and DEP.”

“Our plan now is to begin refilling the lake this week, with the goal of being able to stock the lake with adult trout in time for the regional opening day of trout, which is Saturday, March 30,” Arway added.


Leaser Lake, Lehigh County, PAs and the public.”A long-term construction project to rebuild the dam and spillway at Lehigh County’s Leaser Lake received the final stamp of approval this week from state regulators, just in time for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) to refill the lake and reopen it to the public for the 2013 regional opening day of trout. “This is great news for all the anglers, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts who use the lake and have been waiting patiently for the project to be completed,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Rebuilding a dam is a big project which requires cooperation between state agencies, local officials and the public.”“We will start refilling the lake in mid-December, with the goal of being able to stock the lake with adult trout in time for the regional opening day of trout, which is Saturday, March 30,” Arway added.http://leaserlakeheritage.org/

UPDATE--NOVEMBER 9, 2012--Leaser Lake Ready to be Refilled and Reopened to Public HARRISBURG, Pa.--

The 117-acre lake – near New Tripoli – was drained in 2008-09 in advance of the dam and spillway construction project. The lake is owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the PFBC. The $3.5 million project began in fall 2010 and was completed this past June. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week gave final approval to the PFBC’s plan to refill the lake.

"It's a great day for the residents of Lehigh County," said William H. Hansell, Lehigh County Executive. "Filling Leaser Lake with water marks the beginning of decades more of active use of this important local natural treasure." The county contributed $500,000 to the project.

The process of refilling a lake involves continuous monitoring and takes numerous months to complete, depending on the amount of rainfall. The earthen dam needs time to properly and safely absorb the water. PFBC engineers will raise the water level two feet per week and will inspect and monitor the dam until the lake is completely filled.

PFBC staff will monitor the water level and expect to know by late February whether they will be able to stock the lake with adult trout, said Dave Miko, chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management.

 
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