Earle’s Lake dam is deteriorating. The spillway is inadequate, and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determined the dam was unsafe in 2011.
Residents of Radnor and Newtown Townships who enjoy the use of Earle’s Lake are mounting a fight to save the dam. Despite this, the Green Countrie Village Homeowner’s Association agreed with the DEP to remove the dam.
Plans are being developed to remove the dam in summer of 2019, which would drain the lake. Residents created a petition to save the lake. The petition already has over 600 signatures and a Facebook page.
Uncertainty over Earle’s Lake’s fate is affecting mortgage applications and realtors say that all mortgages are being turned down until the fate of Earle’s Lake is settled.
The lake is full of fish, bald eagles, and waterfowl. Residents worry that draining the lake would be harmful to these animals.
Residents also raised concern over the fate of Darby Creek, which is where any water from the proposed dam breach will drain. The DEP pointed out that removing the lake would actually restore Darby Creek to its natural, free-flowing state. They claim this would actually be more beneficial to native plants and animals than the artificial lake.
Finally, residents worry about losing the stormwater capacities of Earle’s Lake. DEP states that the lake does not help during large storms due to technicalities surrounding its construction, but a study into the effects of removing Earle’s Lake is ongoing.
Compromises proposed include a partial breach of the dam or a nonprofit trust to fund the repair of the dam, rather than complete removal. Learn more about the potential draining of Earle’s Lake and the resident’s concerns at facebook.com/SaveEarlesLake/.
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