Our earthen dam is under
relentless and persistent attacks from Mother Nature. Hurricanes and Strong
Thunderstorms can cause major damage but even a five minute rain shower takes
away a little of its upstream and downstream embankments.
A strong maintenance
and repair plan is the only solution to combat this menacing danger to ever
earthen dam every built. SLOPE EROSION WILL NEVER GO AWAY.
Recently the MLA has
expended over one thousand eight hundred dollars [$1, 800.00] to bring in eight
tons of clay/sand dirt, grass seed, straw mats and labor to replace the soil
that has washed away. This is just one
aspect of how MLA Dues are used.
There are still
problems facing our dam; cracks and fissures in the main and emergency
spillways, the spillway door and it mechanics are old and worn as is the dams
fencing and the MLA docks are in need of replacement. Storm water sediment is a
major factor in our embankment erosion. OUR LAKE IS SLOWING FILLING WITH SILT because of ever-increasing amounts of storm water
from commercial and residential development.
The lake's newest
problem is several invasive aquatic plant species that seems to be overtaking
the lake like the pandemic various. THESE NOXIOUS WEEDS COULD KILL OUR LAKE ECOLOGY AND AFFECT YOU FINANCIALLY.
Buyers pay a premium for lakefront homes
because they have beautiful views and offer access to water for swimming,
boating, fishing among other amenities Incursions of invasive plant species can
hinder recreation activities, block views, obstruct lake access, and damage,
landscaping and docks. This potentially may lower your property values.
Currently the cost to remove or eradicate this problem is 'unknown?
Hopefully with your
dues and the recent passage of the special assessments monies will be available
to improve the health of our lake and increase the dam's longevity. Giving
future generations the enjoyment of living around McFayden Lake
as we did.