Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Public workshop set for Aug. 22 on project to restore Mirror Lake in Dover
DOVER (Aug. 8, 2012) – An informational public workshop on the project that will clean up and restore Dover’s Mirror Lake will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22, 2012 at Fraizer’s Restaurant, 9 East Loockerman Street in Dover. The workshop is being presented by DNREC, in conjunction with the Dover Silver Lake Commission.
Mirror Lake is a gateway to historic old Dover. The health of the lake has been in decline for several decades due to stormwater runoff, invasive plant species and chemical contaminants in bottom sediments that accumulate in fish. A fish consumption advisory has been issued for Mirror Lake, and more information can be found on DNREC’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Pages/Advisories.aspx.
Dover residents and interested Delawareans are encouraged to attend the workshop and learn about the plan to improve the health of the lake. Designed by DNREC scientists and world-renowned university researcher Upal Ghosh, the restoration plan includes adding activated carbon to sediments to bind pollutants and addressing the unsightly sandbar by creating wetlands with native plants.
Workshop registration is encouraged by August 17 by contacting Brittany Sturgis, at 302-739-9939 or Brittany.Sturgis@state.de.us.
Funding for the Mirror Lake restoration project is made possible by state superfund and federal clean water grants.
To learn more about efforts underway to reduce pollution in the St. Jones watershed, contact Brittany Sturgis at Brittany.Sturgis@state.de.us.
Vol. 42, No. 300