May 2, 2013

By Contributor

Save Lake Boren

Or not — it’s up to you, the Newcastle city residents.

Lake Boren is filling up and is in jeopardy of no longer being a lake. Just before the turn of the century, the depth of Lake Boren was 90 feet. In the late ‘70s, it was measured at 43 feet. A couple of years ago, it was 34 feet.

The lake bottom consists of nearly a 100 percent silt and mud. The debris enters the lake during high water runoff periods. Storm waters result in the lakes surface water level to fluctuate up to, and at times, over 4 feet. This is also very damaging to the health of the lake. It allows banks to erode, trees and other debris to fall in, and drain field affluent, fertilizers and animal feces to migrate into the lake.

A study was authorized and contracted by the city of Newcastle. As a result, the city recognized the importance of this condition and has taken steps to install a control gate and weirs that will stabilize the surface water height. During the review process, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Fisheries Division, supported by the Department of Fisheries, have listed demands and insist on further studies that virtually make it impossible for the city to proceed with this important project. The city just does not have, nor ever will have, a budget that will support their demands.

City of Newcastle residents are so fortunate to have such a wonderful lake to use and enjoy within its bounders. I look at Green Lake, Coulon Park and others and see a vibrant facility that is appreciated by so many. What a shame to watch Lake Boren disappear.

Robert Paterson



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