Lake projects expected to begin next summer


Construction projects for Lakes Elkhorn and Kittamaqundi are expected to begin by late next summer, a Columbia Association spokeswoman says.

Tomorrow, the Columbia Association will close its bidding process for contractors on the projects, and the staff will begin reviewing proposals, said Karen Hawkins, an association spokeswoman.

Residents and officials have voiced complaints about the algae and sediments growing in the two manmade lakes.

The association board approved $1.7 million in the fiscal 2006 budget for dredging Lake Elkhorn, in Owen Brown village.

The 2006 budget also allocated $750,000 to repair the deteriorating banks of the Little Patuxent River that allow stormwater to flow into Lake Kittamaqundi.

Since the projects will not begin until next year, funds will be applied to the next fiscal budget, Hawkins said.

The association board of directors believes that the state and county should pay some of the construction costs for the Lake Kittamaqundi project because some of the sediment is carried into the lake from the Little Patuxent River. The General Assembly provided $475,000 for the Kittamaqundi project.

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