2013-03-14 / Front Page

Meadow Grounds Lake Public Meeting Scheduled For March 21

Fish and Boat Commission to co-host March 21 meeting
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


The drawdown of Meadow Grounds Lake in Ayr Township continues this week as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) proposal to completely drain the lake, identify existing problems and devise a plan to fix them. PFBC and state legislators will be meeting with concerned constituents next week to discuss the future of the lake, which could remain empty indefinitely due to lack of funding. The drawdown of Meadow Grounds Lake in Ayr Township continues this week as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) proposal to completely drain the lake, identify existing problems and devise a plan to fix them. PFBC and state legislators will be meeting with concerned constituents next week to discuss the future of the lake, which could remain empty indefinitely due to lack of funding. NEWS EDITOR

Local legislators and representatives of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be sitting down with concerned constituents next week to discuss the future of Meadow Grounds Lake, a popular fishing and recreation destination for county residents as well as avid fishermen from across the commonwealth.

On Monday, the state Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced it will be co-hosting a public meeting with area legislators next Thursday, March 21, to discuss “dam safety issues” at the 204-acre lake located in Ayr Township. The meeting will be held at the McConnellsburg High School auditorium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The meeting comes almost one month after PFBC publicly announced its plans to drain the lake due to deficiencies with Roaring Run Dam. The problems, which included a seepage problem that has become increasingly more severe over time, were discovered during a joint site inspection by PFBC and the state Department of Environmental Protection in December 2012.

As a result, the lake is currently being drained and will remain empty for an indefinite period of time due to lack of funding to rectify existing issues such as seepage.

The drawdown officially began on March 4 when stop logs were removed by PFBC crews.

The following day, the PFBC made a decision to temporarily lift all regulations dealing with seasons, sizes and creel limits at the lake. Those temporary regulations will remain in effect until further notice is given by PFBC, and while PFBC biologists move forward with developing a plan to remove and relocate fish from the lake. A significant number of fish are anticipated to perish during the salvage.

The lake is scheduled to remain open for public use until water levels dip to a point that lake usage may be unsafe for fisherman. Signs will be posted at that time notifying anglers of the closing.

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