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Summit Lake sediment basin reclamation set to begin

LINCOLN, Neb. – Summit Lake is being drawn down this week for a sediment basin reclamation project at the Burt County reservoir.

Reclamation of the sediment basins on the south and west arms of the lake will begin during the fall. The south boat ramp will be modified to allow boat access during construction, which should be completed by Jan. 1, 2022.

The project to remove sediments will require the reservoir be drawn down approximately 6-8 feet below normal pool levels. Beginning the week of Aug. 9, the lake is being drawn down 1-2 feet. The remainder of the drawdown will begin Aug. 16.

The sediment retention basin structures have performed admirably since they were built, reducing sedimentation and nutrient inputs into the main reservoir. To assist continued aquatic habitat and water quality benefits for the reservoir, maintenance now is needed because of a buildup of sediments in the basins over this time.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of anglers and boaters during this reclamation project as we strive to protect Summit Lake for future recreational use,” said Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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