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Sediment Removal to Begin at Lake Thoreau This Weekend

by Fatimah Waseem March 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm 6 Comments

Maintenance work is set to begin this weekend to clear sediment and debris caught in the channels of Lake Thoreau.

Reston Association is working with Lake Services, Inc. to dredge the lake beginning as early as Sunday (April 1).

The work is estimated to be complete by the end of June. RA expects to remove about 848,290 liquid gallons or 4,200 cubic yards worth of material.

Dredging helps maintain the depth of channels and reduces the exposure of fish, wildlife and people to contaminants, according to the National Ocean Service.

Activity will not take place within five feet of any dock structure. The picnic area near South Lakes and Ridge Height Road will be serve as the staging area, according to RA.

Sediment will be removed from the lake and placed in trucks. Disposal will occur at a site in Loudoun County. Access to the pathway near the picnic area may be limited.

Photo via Reston Association

  • Donald

    Oh my goodness, is the board ok with this?

    $500,000 to dredge Thoreau this year and $1,000,000 to dredge Audubon next year. $1.5 million to throw away mud.

    Money well spent in my opinion, but I suspect the naysayers will have a field day on this one.


    • cRAzy

      No, Donald, just you.

    • Greg

      You nailed it Donald. Only the RA could pay (waste!) that kind of money throwing away mud.

      • RA Docking Guide

        You will change your mind when you get free admission to the new aircraft carrier museum. This was long planned and well thought out so don’t complain.

  • Why do you bother?

    Ridge HeightS.

    Seriously, RN – just reading before you post would help!

  • 30yearsinreston

    Make the lake property owners pay for it


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