Shepherds Way De-Silting

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Shepherds Way De-Silting

Category : Club News

Dear Member,

We have completed the de-silting at Shepherds Way. It was quite challanging as the water levels, when we started, were lower than we had hoped for, which made it more difficult to get spoil into the dumpers. However, we managed to remove 500 tons of silt which is a great achievement and should improve the health of the lake going forward. There were no fish casulties in the process, which is a minor miracle. Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to members Brian Varley & Brian Boys. They both voluteered to drive the dumpers for the entire week and did a fantastic job. They were covered from head to foot in silt evey day, got soaking wet in the rain, but stayed the course. We could not have done it without them. Well done lads. Also a big thanks to Roger Manser who kept his eye on proceedings and also kept the aerators running. James at Digger Boats should also be mentioned. Without his unique machinery, I do not think we would have been able to de-silt the lake using other options. Thank you. As you can imagine, it’s a messy job and some on the lake perimiter got cut up by the dumpers and excavator. We had requested help, this weekend, to assist in repairing some areas. We had two members pitch up on Saturday and six on Sunday and we did as much as we could, even though we could have done with a few more hands. Thank you very much to those of you that have helped across the last few weekends. It is very much appreciated. The large lake (Neates) will remain closed and will not open until Monday 4th November. Whilst the lake is recovering well, oxygen levels are low and we are running the aerators constantly during the day. The fish have been stressed, due to the work, so they need some time to chill out. The small lake will open on Monday 28th October. If you intend to fish the small lake please use the pathway on the south (roadside) of the lake to access it. Do not walk around the far side of the large lake or past swim 8. We have had to close off areas due to damage to the ground caused by the plant. The ground is very muddy and slippery in these areas and there is no reason for members to access whilst the large lake is closed. We will be putting hardcore into these areas next weekend before we reopen. Lastly, we require volunteers to help with putting down some type 1 hardcore into damaged areas on Sunday 3rd November please. We will start at 0900hrs and as long as we have a good few helpers, we should get in done in a couple of hours or so. If it is just Roger & I, we may not get it finished and we cannot reopen the lake until the fishery is safe. Many thanks in advance and well done to all involved. This is the beginning of a journey to improve an already beautiful venue and make it even more special. Kindest regards Paul Hutton Secretary.