2020 Dredging Referendum
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With the passage of the Referendum, a property owners’ bill would increase by approximately 4.5%. To determine how much this increase would be for future taxes, an owner could multiply .045 times their 2019 tax bill. For example, an owner that paid $3,000 in taxes for 2019, could anticipate that their total tax bill would be increased by an additional $135 ($3,000 X .045).
BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT
Over the years, silt and sediment has built up on the lakebed which reduces the depth of the waterways making boating more difficult, spurs algae growth and aquatic weed infestations, and leads to poor conditions for fish. Without thoughtful action now, our beloved Lost Lake will eventually become Lost Swamp.
WORK TO DATE
The all-volunteer RCD Board engaged The Mapping Network to create a “bathymetric survey” (equivalent to mapping the topography on land). With this survey, we were able to quantify in detail the problems that homeowners have experienced over the years. Next, the RCD elected to work with JadEco Lake and Natural Resources to guide the development of an action plan to restore and improve the viability of Lost Lake for years to come. The firm has assisted in our lake and watershed management projects since 2006.
While it is counterintuitive for most of us, the first stage of the planning involved land. Regardless of the method, the material from the bottom has to be transported, dewatered, and temporarily stored before eventual disposal. Working with Wendler Engineering, we have identified a 22-acre RCD site for a sloped basin to store the removed silt and sediment for further processing. Temporary piping connecting the lake and the basin will be installed, at times, for maintaining Lost Lake in the future. By knowing the capacity of the basin, we now understand how many cubic yards of material can be removed in each phase of the project. Since dredging contractors are usually paid based on cubic yards removed, this information is important in budgeting our share of
the investment in maintaining a healthy lake and enhancing the value of our homes. On July 16, 2020, the RCD Board approved an ordinance to submit the proposition of issuing bonds to cover the cost of this critically-important project (not to exceed $948,000). You and your neighbors of the Lost Nation – New Landing River Conservancy District will vote on this proposition at the general election on November 3, 2020.
In anticipation of a positive outcome of the vote, the RCD has engaged Bernardi Securities to issue bonds and to work with individual homeowners to understand the possible impact of the project on their individual property taxes.
To manage costs and protect the lake’s ecosystem, the RCD and its consulting team recommend a “spot” dredging program using a hydraulic system.
Spot dredging can be beneficial in improving boat and shoreline access, clearing clogged channels and bays, creating hollows for coolwater fishes in the summer, and deeper areas for fish in the winter, and forming boat and fish "cruising lanes" through aquatic plant beds. The dredging machinery is incorporated onto a floating hull. A cutter with steel blades dislodges the sediments, and a centrifugal pump "sucks up" the muck. This sediment/water mix (called a slurry) is piped to the disposal basin on land where the water is drained off and the sediments are left to dry.
BE INFORMED/GET INVOLVED
Your input and support are needed to move forward with the Long-Range Dredging Program. We held two very informative open-house meetings on August 29th and September 26th. Our team provided an overview of the project, answered property owner questions, and addressed their concerns. A representative from Bernardi Securities was also on hand to answer questions about the potential impact of the project on individual tax assessments. In addition to the open houses that were held, you are invited to provide your comments, questions, and concerns by downloading and submitting the following document: OPEN HOUSE COMMENT FORM