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The odor has a variety of possible causes including contaminants from stormwater run-off in the surrounding neighborhoods, goose and other animal feces, and the shallow nature of the water which allows algae to grow more easily.
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The main goals of the Lake Arbor Shore Stabilization Project are to 1) repair the eroded shorelines to improve public safety near the trails and 2) remove large sediment deposits within the western pond.
In addition, algae and unpleasant odors have been a consistent problem around the lake, especially during the hot, summer months. In order to mitigate these issues, the project will install features to improve water quality. These include:
The City is legally required to determine any existing water rights that may impact the project. This was a lengthy process that has concluded and allowed the project to move forward.
The City is working with Colorado State Parks and Wildlife to assess the aquatic species in the lake and assist with salvage and relocating so they are not impacted by construction activities.
Most of the project areas will be restored with good-quality topsoil, and should be solid candidates for new tree plantings in the future. Soil quality will be tested after construction to determine when and where we can put new trees. Other areas in the park will likely need more time for soil remediation.
New wetland plants will also be added along the north shoreline next year once the water level has returned to normal. Topsoil test will be used to determine the plant species that will work best.
Ensure that you always pick up after your pet and dispose of waste appropriately.