Meadow Grounds Lake Fish Salvage Complete
Fish salvage efforts as well as the draining of the Meadow Grounds Lake undertaken by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission have concluded.
In an update provided by PFBC Press Secretary Eric Levis, the “News” learned at presstime Tuesday some of the fish once swimming in the 204-acre lake in Ayr Township have been transported in recent weeks to nearby Raystown Lake and Laurel Lake located near Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Carlisle, Pa.
“We try to move as many fish as possible, but as we explained to the public during the meeting there and have explained to the media, some fish always perish during the salvage effort,” said Levis, who added the fish were properly disposed of in a pit preapproved by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Levis pointed out that fish salvages are difficult situations for all involved, including PFBC employees selected for the task. “We are in the fishing and boating business. The last thing we want is for fish to perish,” he stated.
The press secretary went on to discuss the estimated construction costs associated with repairing deficiencies at Meadow Grounds Lake, and in particular the Roaring Run Dam. With estimated costs reaching the $4 million mark, Levis stated PFBC has a total of $2.25 million in capital budget authorization to help fix the dam. Additional capital budget authorization will be sought.
“... It is important for the community to be involved in this process and from what I’ve seen, they are. We encourage the community to rally their local legislators to obtain the release of funds from the capital budget to facilitate construction in a time- ly manner,” Levis said.
While additional money is being sought, Levis said project engineers are slated to advertise for the completion of a geotechnical engineering study. The study will help determine the “stability of the existing dam, materials on-site and obtain seepage data to use in the rehabilitation design.” In addition, the study is slated to include core borings and monitoring wells.
The cost of the contract and study have been estimated at approximately $80,000.
“When the PFBC secures funding for this contract internally, the engineering study can be advertised, awarded and completed in approximately one year,” he noted.
According to Levis, PFBC officials are hoping to have the lake restored to its full capacity as soon as possible. The timeline, however, is directly dependent on funding as are many other projects competing for PFBC money and priority.
“When full funding becomes available, the engineering design, permit acquisition, advertisement/ bidding and construction process will take four to five years total,” Levis said. “Please be assured the PFBC will continue to work hard to rehabilitate the dam, and we look forward to working with the Fulton County commissioners, local legislators and other local organizations towards that end.”