Truesdale Lake  

South Salem, New York

Drawdown: Report 3

These are some of the email reports and communications from Scot Evans from Truesdale Lake, James Gorman from Pond & Lake Connection, and others involved with the project. Putting selected parts up here for all to see what some of the discussion and learning is looking like.

September 28, 2019

The lake level increased 4” since the target depth was reached on Sunday 9/22/19. So one week later, James Gorman and crew correctly restarted the two 12” siphons to keep the drawdown ahead of the rain coming in October. 

Remember this most important piece of information: For every inch of rainfall we receive, the lake level increases 12”! Remember that none of this inflow will go over the spillway until the lake fills up – at this rate. 

So, with the two 12” siphons P & LC started on Thursday, we once again reached the target depth of 3’ below spillway at noon today. It will draw down just another six inches and the siphons will shut down once again by themselves. 

After energizing the 12” siphons, James Gorman disassembled the 6” siphon intake, in order to take it back to his shop and lengthen it so that the 6” inch siphon will be started to keep up with the drawdown target depth and rainfall. He will energize one or two of the 12 inch siphons if necessary, in the event we receive significant rainfall. Pond and Lake Connection is doing everything right. 

I took pictures of the south end of the lake and attached them below. I really feel for the people at the south end especially and also at Vreeland area where the river brings in huge amounts of silt since the holding lagoon there is full and no sediment has ever been extracted as agreed, to my knowledge.

Panorama of South Cove looking east from Lake Shore Drive towards Truesdale Lake Drive.
South Cove looking northeast from Lake Shore Drive towards Truesdale Lake Drive Beach.
South Cove looking southeast from Lake Shore Drive towards Truesdale Lake Drive houses.

Also the North Cove is in similar shape. These are the critical areas that Cliff Munz circled in red on his chart.

Rather than dredge these areas it would be less expensive and make more sense to bring in big machinery to dig them out during a drawdown after necessary permits are obtained. There are several non- built properties on the lake with owners willing to take the landfill. I can secure their agreements if it comes to this. 

Neil Cutler on TLD has requested a dumpster for lake trash, but the dumpster will have to be restricted to dumping in one reserved and announced day and monitored so people don’t bring in construction debis. And I know this will happen, so I volunteer to arrange the dumpster, make the announcements and be that monitor. The best rates are from Belardinelli in Danbury. I recommend the 30 yard container. 

  • 10 yd: 1.5 tons $275 13 x 8 x 4
  • 15 yd: 2.5 tons $375 15 x 8 x 4
  • 20 yd: 3.5 tons $475 19 x 8 x 5
  • 30 yd: 4.5 tons $600 20 x 8 x 6


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