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Questions Surround Creedmoor's Lake Dredging Project

Posted August 16, 2007

— Creedmoor's new water restrictions went into effect Thursday. But some residents are wondering what happened to the project to dredge Lake Rogers, which is low due to the drought.

For nearly five years, the city charged water customers an extra $10 a month to pay for the project, but the job still hasn't been done.

The money was going toward a study to look at dredging Lake Rogers to increase the capacity of the lake and improve water quality.

“For one reason or another, it just continues to get delayed,” said Deuard Bowden, a Creedmoor mayoral candidate.

The city said the $146,000 generated by the surcharge paid for a Corps of Engineers study on the lake's water quality. The town also bought land on which to deposit sediment if the lake is dredged.

“Why hasn’t it been done?” asked Gene Crosser, a Creedmoor taxpayer. “I understand they were supposed to do it at no cost to the public here at one time.”

It just takes some time to get the dredging project finished, according to Creedmoor City Manager Bob Schaumleffel.

“You have to do the plans, you have to get the environmental approvals from the state,” he said.

Creedmoor officials also maintain that dredging the lake will only improve water quality, not quantity.

“We’re not going to have much more water in Lake Rogers after the dredging project, which is roughly an 800,000 gallon-a-day yield,” said Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss.

City leaders said they expect the dredging project to begin sometime around January. They are still waiting for EPA approval. Leaders said a $1.9 million grant will pay for the project.

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  • joey2 Aug 17, 2007

    Manager Bob has shown his intelligence at other times. The mayor
    is full of it. My guess is that the water discoloration was caused by an algae bloom and doesn't have anything to do with the lake level.

  • Panther Aug 17, 2007

    White Eagle common sense and politicians do not go in the same sentence. If you attempt to somehow to combine the two it creates a oxymoron. I sometimes wonder if you have to have a frontal lobotomy to become a politician.

  • White Eagle Aug 17, 2007

    So now that the lake level is low, wouldn't it make sense to "dredge" the lake NOW. Heck if it's low enough you could use bulldozers or drag lines to remove the sediment. I'll give then the benefit of doubt for waiting but it sure would be nice to know why.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 17, 2007

    “Why hasn’t it been done?” asked Gene Crosser, a Creedmoor taxpayer

    Because your elected officials lied to you.

    “We’re not going to have much more water in Lake Rogers after the dredging project, which is roughly an 800,000 gallon-a-day yield,” said Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss.

    Partially true as far as it goes, but the total flow is not what is affected by dredging; it is the total capacity for storage in times of drought. When stream flow decreases to the point where a city is needing to use more than the stream allows, then the bigger the lake, the greater the reserve.

    So though the flow will not be greated, the capacity will. Sounds like the good mayor was either misquoted or he has no idea of what he is talking about.

  • waller Aug 16, 2007

    the great local government at work....don it make ya proud to be tax payers?

  • anonemoose Aug 16, 2007

    Sounds to me like the lake isn't the only thing getting "dredged".

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 16, 2007

    Hey Raleigh!!!

    Take a hint from Creedmoor. Dredge out the Falls Lake and make a bigger tank to hold the water.

    Way to go Creedmoor.

    It's sad that city officials in Raleigh are too incompetent to come up with this idea.

  • Red Aug 16, 2007

    5 Years x 12 months x $10 = $600 per customer. $146,000 Collected / $600 per customer = 243 Customers? Assume 4 people per household @ 800,000 gallons a day = 823 gallons per person a day?