Griffy Lake in Bloomington will soon be filled with water as the project to restore it comes to an end.
The sediment has been completely been removed from the lake and the dam is expected to be finished by Monday. The only reaming updates are the installation of a new security fence and a new spillway floor.
City of Bloomington spokesperson Jon Callahan says the amount of time the lake was dry was necessary for its preservation. “The objective of the project was to improve the overall safety and life expectancy of the Griffy Lake dam and we feel that the work we have done will address that,” he says.
The lake will be naturally refilled with rainfall and water from its natural springs and once the lake reaches four to five feet the Department of Natural Resources will restock it with fish.
The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department plans to use the sediment removed from the lake to cap contaminated soil at a park being developed at the McDoel Switchyard.