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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Greenfield Lake to be lowered

Greenfield Lake to be lowered

Update: The installation of a fish escape barrier on the spillway at Greenfield Lake that was scheduled for last week will occur this weekend.

Greenfield Lake will be lowered at the end of November to allow for the installation of a fish escape barrier on the spillway. It will take several days to lower the lake approximately 20 inches. The barrier is expected to take about two days to complete. 

For the last several years, the city has used sterile carp fish to help control growth of undesired aquatic vegetation in Greenfield Lake, which in turns helps reduce unsightly algae. Before any additional carp can be stocked in the lake, the NC Wildlife Commission is requiring that the city install a fish escape barrier on the spillway adjacent to 3rd Street.  The intent of the barrier is to prevent the routine escape of the fish into the Cape Fear River.

The barrier will be painted in order to blend in with the spillway and have panels that can be removed prior to heavy rains. The project will cost $20,000-25,000 and will be funded with stormwater fees.

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