Twin Lakes to open channel from Lake Elizabeth to new spillway

The red line on this map shows the approximate location of where vegetation will be treated to open up a channel. /Map courtesy of Twin Lakes.

The red line on this map shows the approximate location of where vegetation will be treated to open up a channel. /Map courtesy of Twin Lakes.

The Twin Lakes Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District approved spending no more than $2,400 for treatment of Eurasian milfoil and lilypads in an effort to open up a channel through which water can easier flow from the southern end of Lake Elizabeth to the newly constructed spillway located over the state line.

Stantec will perform the treatment.

The Twin Lakes Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District commissioners are the same individuals as the Village Board. The action was passed unanimously. Commissioners Tom Connolly and Jeremy Knoll were absent from the Saturday morning special commissioners meeting.

Tony Migon, chairperson of  the Protection and Rehabilitation District Steering Council, explained that the milfoil and lilypads may be disrupting flow of water to the spillway. He recently kayaked from the southern end of Lake Elizabeth to the spillway and found “a tremendous amount of milfoil” along the way.

“It was quite an effort to get in there,” Migon said.

Water passing over the spillway regulates the level of Lake Elizabeth and Lake Mary. If water cannot flow over the spillway, it can back up in the lakes and raise their level. If the level in the lakes gets high enough, a slow, no wake order is imposed. That limits how fast boats can travel on the lakes so that shoreline is not damaged.

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