Lake Development Update

Terry OBrien, POA board liaison for the lake landscaping project, has provided the following update on the Lake.

Based on recommendations from the Lake Development Committee, the POA Board of Directors has approved enhancements to the Lake which will begin this Spring:

  1. A two-tier water fountain will be installed in the Lake.
  2. An additional 26 trees will be planted around the Lake, including, Crepe Myrtles, River Birches, October Glory Maples, Tulip Poplars and Sycamores. Generally, these trees will be on the West Side.
  3. All the areas with trees adjacent to the Lake, generally running from the Northwest corner around through the Southeast area around the bridge, will be cleaned up, including removing construction related material, taking down dead trees, limbing up major trees and removing scrub in the area.

The Lake and the streams and inlets feeding into the Lake are integral part of the Jordan watershed and as such are subject to rigid environmental constraints. In planning and implementing enhancements to the Lake, committee representatives have been collaborating with various state groups to ensure we are meeting or exceeding compliance requirements. Some of the items discussed with the state are described below.

On the North side of the Lake, there are several inlets feeding water into the Lake. While the committee and the POA would like to spruce these areas up, these areas are considered “wetlands” and are subject to rigid environmental constraints. Meetings have been held with state representatives of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources to better understand these requirements. State officials have been extremely helpful explaining buffer requirements and will be visiting the Lake in early April to walk us through the “wetlands” areas, help us define boundaries and physically show us what plants are invasive and can be removed.

The Lake itself is considered a stormwater pond and as such there are constraints on the type of plants we can place between the pathway and the edge of the Lake. The committee is exploring various options, also in collaboration with state personnel, to ensure an aesthetic design, yet one that is in compliance with the state’s stormwater pond requirement.