LBWID Advisory for Beach 5 and the Lake
On Thursday, April 2nd, the Lake Barcroft Watershed Improvement District, LBWID, will start the annual dredging program at Beach 5. The dredging will continue for the next 4 to 6 weeks (ending sometime between May 7-14). You will see several pieces of LBWID’s heavy equipment operating at Beach 5 (excavators, a large dump truck, and other smaller trucks). Some of this equipment is very large and the operators often cannot see all the way around the machine or truck that they are operating. To assist with maintaining a safe environment, the LBWID will assign a staff member at the beach who will have the sole task of watching over the work site for safety concerns.
What you can do to help. If you are visiting Beach 5 while the dredging equipment is in operation, please follow the instructions of our safety person. From time to time he may ask you to wait until a truck or piece of equipment passes by before you continue walking to your destination.
- Watch your children at all times while visiting Beach 5.
- Do not approach the dredging equipment while it is working.
- Maintain a distance of at least 100 feet away from the heavy equipment and trucks at all times.
On the Lake: In addition to the dredging work at Beach 5, LBWID also has work boats and barges operating on the lake. During the next 4-6 weeks, work boats and barges have the right-of-way on the lake. The boats/barges can weigh over 50,000 lbs. when loaded. Therefore, they cannot come to a complete stop very quickly and they do not maneuver like a recreation boat.
LBWID requests that you
- Maintain a distance of at least 100 feet all times from the work boats/barges even if that means that you have to change the course of the boat that you are operating (this includes pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, etc.)
- This information applies to swimmers as well.
The operators of the work boats are equipped with airhorns and may use them if they feel that other recreation boats and swimmers are not maintaining a safe distance or yielding the right-of-way.
Please share this information with neighbors and other residents that you know is not part of the Lakelink system!!