Greenwood area resident: Marshall Lake a sad sight

Decommissioning of the dam at Marshall Lake is set for late-summer but a local says he doesn't like the way the lake looks right now.

Marshall Lake as it appears now after being partially drained.

Marshall Lake is a sad sight, says area resident Al Donnelly.

Donnelly is a regular contributor to the paper, writing the Blasts From the Past column. He also sent in a couple of pictures of Marshal Lake taken on April 25.

“I was disheartened with the way the ‘new’ lake looks,” remarked Donnelly in his email. “Really sad. The bald eagles were eating all the dead fish. The lake probably froze all the way to the bottom.

“Maybe we should have a contest to re-name the slough,” he ponders. “Mr. Marshall would not want his name associated with the place. Good thing he is dead. Must be rolling in his grave.”

Donnally’s email prompted the Times to contact the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to inquire about the 2013 work schedule for the lake.

Public Affairs Officer Brennan Clarke said that decommissioning is scheduled to take place in August and September 2013. This will consist of breaching the dam later this summer, he said.

Clarke said that while contracts have not been awarded, the province is in the process of issuing a request for proposals that outlines two decommissioning options.

He said the ministry has dedicated funding to this project.

When asked if the provincial election could alter plans for decommissioning the dam, Clarke replied that it is not appropriate for staff to speculate on the potential impact of the election.

“However, we can reaffirm that the decision to decommission the dam at Marshall Lake was made in the best interest of public safety,” he said. “Without either decommissioning or a major and costly upgrade, the dam at Marshall Lake represents a significant risk to property and people.”

Clarke confirmed that there are ongoing negotiations with neighbouring property owners, but declined to comment further until those discussions have been completed.

Just Posted

BCSS grads come home to celebrate 50 years

*Hairstyles and outfits may have changed since graduation

Boundary District Arts Council folds amid financial questions

The last board took over in November and could not find receipts for $8,000 in spending

Residents push Grand Forks council to support with flood buyouts

Staff estimate a $6.6 million difference between pre and post-flood value for Grand Forks buyouts

MP warns of scam after catching Facebook Messenger imposter account

Wayne Stetski issues warning about an imposter messenger account that is using his profile photo

Grand Forks mulls in-kind options to support flood buyout residents

$6.6 million difference between pre and post-flood value for Grand Forks buyouts

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

Memorial bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in park for now

Park board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Wrestling legend finds his wedding dance groove in B.C.

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho posted on social media that he was in Penticton recently

Horgan hints at Daylight Saving Time changes after record survey response

More than 223,000 online surveys were submitted in the government’s public consultation

Coroner investigating after body recovered from Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Overdoses overwhelming in B.C. Interior

Part two: Who’s affected by the current opioid crisis

Most Read