By the time you receive this newsletter we will be about seven weeks away from our fall drawdown. On October 15th, we will begin letting water out through both turbines in the powerhouse. It should take about two weeks to lower water levels by around eight feet. We will continue to lower the lake until it is ten feet below full pool. We will hold that level as best we can until December 1st, at which time we will allow the lake to refill with rainwater. We do this on three year intervals to allow homeowners to maintain and repair waterfront improvements.
What does this mean for you? First off, if you do not intend to store your boat on a lift, you need to make arrangements to remove it before October 15th. If you plan to store your boat in your boathouse, you want to make sure you get it winterized. With lower water levels, your engine compartment will be even colder than normal .
If you are planning a project such as a dock or boathouse, you need to be making submittals for your permit right now. The first stop is at the LOC. We have a process which includes neighbor notification and comment. This process can be relatively quick or it can take a while. Your plans must complete our process including being approved and stamped before you apply for a building permit from the city. I am told the city building department takes about four weeks to turn a boathouse permit around. As you can see, the time is getting tight.
Please note, our guidelines and requirements have undergone some changes recently. There are scheduled inspections during your build, starting with you or your contractor staking out the footprint for your project so that we can be sure it matches your site plan. This includes having a surveyor mark the property corners. There is also a new fee schedule (listed on our website). Perhaps the most important change for you to know as you are putting your plans together, is that the maximum square footage for a new boathouse is 500 square feet.
Remember, you only need to get the underwater portion of your project done before the water comes up. The rest can be completed with the lake full.
Finally, we seem to be getting a lot of calls about boats speeding up before reaching the no-wake buoys. This seems to occur most after boats pass under bridges. Please remember that you need to maintain no-wake speeds until you reach the buoys. There are no bridges on the lake that fall at the edge of the no-wake zone. The safety of swimmers and paddlers depends on boaters respecting these rules.