The growth of aquatic plants in Waverly Lake is getting an early start this spring. An effort to prevent vegetation from covering most of the lake will be made this summer.
In response to last year’s complaints about the sad shape of this lake at the northern gateway to Albany, the city’s Parks Department came up with a plan to get rid of algae and other growth this year.
On May 10, the city council approved the department’s request for authority to make a deal with Aquatic Harvesting LLC, a company based in Centralia, Wash.
According to the plan, the company will use its special equipment to scour the lake of the ugly surface material. It will also install aeration equipment and a fountain that should keep the water from getting too stagnant. The city estimates the “budget impact,” presumably meaning the cost, at $60,000.
After looking at the lake this week from the path skirting its west end, I asked the parks department about the timing of the cleanup plan. “We haven’t heard exactly when they are coming,” maintenance manager Rick Barnett responded. “The vegetation has to be growing pretty abundantly when they do the work. I am guessing July.”
At the moment the west-end path at Waverly Lake is closed because of a huge sewer project, a phase in the reconstruction of the Cox Creek Interceptor, which is being enlarged to serve the growing part of Albany east of I-5.
I don’t know when that path will reopen to the public. When it does, it would be nice if the lake was once again clear. (hh)