Tamarack Lake meeting tonight
Concerned citizens are pushing for quick action to repair a leaky dam that resulted in a local lake being partially drained. The Friends of Tamarack Lake meet tonight to discuss the problems facing the community surrounding the 562-acre reservoir three miles southeast of Meadville.
Melissa Fuller, a founding member of the group, tells us the state Fish and Boat Commission is ultimately responsible for the dam. The shallow lake was drawn down by four feet in the fall, resulting in vast amounts of exposed lake bottom and swampland.
It’s not the first time Tamarack Lake has been drawn down to fix the dam. A similar situation occurred in 1999. The problem was solved, but many fish were lost, and the lake had to be restocked. Local landowner and fisherman Adren Hubert says if what’s left of the lake overheats or loses too much oxygen this coming July and August, it could be a major blow to fishing in the area:
“It’s taken almost ten years for these fish to get to a decent size for fishermen to catch, and here, we have a problem where we may lose them all.”
Hubert says property values are also seriously affected by the presence of the half-empty lake:
“I would say I’m losing 30- to 40-percent of the value of my house, if I wanted to sell it right now.”
The Friends of Tamarack Lake are meeting tonight at 6:30 at Oak Grove Park, in Meadville.