The Lake Lemon Conservancy District says the rate of sediment runoff into the lake has increased at an alarming rate, meaning current prevention efforts are not enough.
District Manager Adam Casey says some property owners are already losing their access to the lake as sediment builds up along the shore, significantly reducing the water level and turning shoreline into swampy marshes.
“It’s really the time that we need to start focusing on preventing the sediment from coming in and maintaining our water depth before it’s too late and we see this beautiful lake get much, much smaller,” he says.
Casey says if no action is taken, a delta will form on the east end of the lake, restricting recreation use there.
A conservancy planning committee recently conducted a sediment management analysis and Casey says they have identified several options for addressing the problem.
Casey says one of the biggest hurdles will be funding.
“Any of these large projects are going to be quite a bit more money than we’ve ever been spending and we’re going to have to look at different means, whether it be through grants, donations, tax increase, all of the above to try to come up with the money,” he says.
The conservancy is holding a meeting Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bloomington City Council Chambers to let property owners know about the problem and to discuss the options available.