Looking east at the project area -- We are told this is as much water as the lake ever holds. The driveway goes by this lake and the owner has to look at this unsightly feature each time he accesses the property.
We discovered the problem with this lake when excavating this area of the lake. At some prior time, a rock/clay layer was pierced by an inattentive equipment operator. Most likely it was done during the original excavation and 'covered up'.
The layer below the rock and clay was very porous sand. It allowed the water to flow out just like a drain in a bathtub.
All of the mud and useless bentonite clay must be removed for proper installation of the liner.
Reshaped for a more pleasing appearance and slightly enlarged, ready for the plastic lake liner.
Average rainfall here is 26". The watershed area which supports this lake should keep it full all year.
The view from the owners residence above the lake. The dirt piled on the banks will be used to cover the plastic liner.
Another view from the ridge. The entrance driveway can be seen running along the edge of the new lake in the top center.
Plastic liner in place. The sandbags hold the liner until the cover dirt is placed on top of the liner.
The cover dirt provides protection from UV radiation and punctures to the plastic liner.
All done-- cover dirt in place and lake beginning to fill.
Aerial view of lake location post-construction.
Opposite view -- looking west.
Looking due south from close to water level. There should be 3 feet of water where the picture was taken.
There was nothing attractive about this lake. Note the old discarded tractor tire on the right bank.
View from the front porch of the owner's weekend home on the ridge above the lake. He should be enjoying the view of a nice, attractive, full lake.
Equipment staging area.
Draining the little bit of water left in the lake.
All of the water and mud must be removed prior to plastic lake liner installation.
Bentonite clay from prior unsuccessful "fix". Nothing but a big, costly mess to get rid of.