Remembering Local Landscapes: North Park Lake
The Problem with Sediment
Created after the completion of Pine Creek Dam in 1936, North Park Lake was initially 75 acres in size. For decades, uncontrolled runoff deposited an estimated 5,200 tons of sediment into the lake every year. By 2001, the lake lost 12 acres of open water and nearly half its capacity.
Sediment harms aquatic habitat and takes away a waterbody’s capacity to hold water after rain events. The lake’s loss of depth caused problems for boating, fishing and other recreation.