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The Grand Lake season started off positive, but as with years before, it is experiencing algae blooms. It is important that work continue on resolving this issue, first and foremost, so that visitors to Grand Lake will have a positive experience and stay longer to spend more money, supporting our economy.


Restoring the health of the lake is a major issue, and one that will take time. Sediment build-up within the lake is a situation that has developed over hundreds of years, but little by little it is improving. Just as it took many years for the sediment to reach current levels, it will take many years to clean out the sediment from the lake.


There is one operational treatment train on Prairie Creek that naturally cleans incoming water to the lake. As a result of its success, more treatment trains are being constructed at Grand Lake in the coming months and years.


While many positive and pro-active steps have been taken in addressing the continued restoration of Grand Lake, it is important that this work continue. Not only will the lake benefit from these efforts, but so will the neighboring communities. The long-range plan to make the lake better has made much progress already, and the restoration yet to be completed will continue to make Grand Lake a hotspot of family recreation and economic vitality for years to come.


Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyjuly2014.


— State Rep. Jim Buchy, Greenville


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