Nov 20, 2013 12:15 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Construction workers finish removing sediment from Atascadero Lake

The City of Atascadero says workers have finished removing sediment from Atascadero Lake.

Construction workers removed nearly 10,000 cubic yards of sediment from the lake. City workers say the south end of the lake is now three feet deeper. They say the sediment plays a large role in the heavy algae blooms that happen in the summer months.

Now, workers are conducting chemical testing on the sediments, and early results indicate no concerns. They're looking to see if the sediment has any pollutants, heavy metals, or pesticides. Once testing is done, they'll decide how the sediment will be used. The City hopes to use the material at other City facilities and projects.

City Staff is working on obtaining a permit from Fish and Wildlife to allow more maintenance at the Lake over the next five to 10 years.

The pathway surrounding the lake and Lakeview Avenue along the east side of the lake have been reopened to the public.



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