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Talks continue to repair and improve a Centre Co. lake
Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka
POTTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Despite the biting cold and frigid temperatures that people have been enduring throughout January, there are some Centre County residents who are focused on repairing and maintaining a summer recreation hotspot.
Members of Colyer Lake's "Save the Lake" organization have been meeting with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to discuss plans to keep the lake functional and make much needed repairs to its dam.
Centre County judge and organization president Thomas Kistler said members met this week with state officials to discuss potential plans for the lake that could happen this and next summer.
"We're very optimistic that work can begin later this year and continue next year," Kistler said. "That would mean the lake would be drained for only one summer."
The organization raised more than $140,000 in 2013 toward saving and repairing the property. The latest multibillion-dollar state transportation bill included $7 million for work to be done at the lake.
The initial price tag on the Colyer project was $6.4 million.
Officials said the plan is to drain the lake at the end of this summer to allow for repairs at the dam and the spillway. The remaining wildlife will be transferred from Colyer to another lake.
Kistler said the money raised by the organization has pretty much been divvied up to be spent.
"One-hundred thousand [dollars] will go directly to construction and the $40,000 [will be used] for other improvements around the lake," Kistler said.
The FBC originally planned to drain the lake because of the weakening dam and risk of a flood downstream. The original plan did not include any repairs due to budgetary constraints.