City continues to lobby officials for lake money

by Andrew Henderson

Slowly but surely, the movement to clean up Lake Neatahwanta is progressing.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council, resident Brad Warner asked for an update on the lake committee’s progress.

Mayor Ron Woodward said the committee is still gathering signatures to present to government officials in order to secure funding to dredge the lake.

The committee is also looking into becoming a 501c tax-exempt association in order to raise money from private organizations and the public for the cleanup effort.

Warner suggested that fund-raisers, including a concert, could be held to help raise money for the phosphorous-filled lake. The committee, however, will first have to become a non-profit agency.

The lake is fed by three streams, including Sheldon Creek, which is said to be the cause of 70 percent of the sediment that lies on the lake bottom.

The blue-green algae in the lake is contributed to the warmth of the shallower water and fecal matter from Canadian Geese and fish. The lake, once 16 feet deep, is now only about eight feet deep at its deepest point.

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