By Brian Graves, Staff Writer
Friday, December 14, 2012 —
The capping of sediments in Badin Lake is under way and the lake levels are now at the lowest they will be during the process.
According to ALCOA, the lake hit its lowest level on Monday.
The real time graphs provided in ALCOA’s Yadkin Project website showed the lake level to be 15.1 feet below full pond which is the expected lowest level during the capping process.
Those low water levels are expected to remain through the remainder of this week, but could be continued for as much as two weeks.
The company says that barge traffic in the area will begin to pick up as materials are moved from the boat landing to the north capping area.
They caution that the area is not currently safe for recreational watercraft and residents are advised to avoid the area.
Also, anyone wanting to use the lake during the low level period are advised to use extreme caution and avoid the Badin cove area.
The boat ramp is projected to reopen Feb. 1.
The capping project comes after an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Environ-ment and Natural Resources to cap PCB impacted sediments located in two places on Badin Lake.
The project is designed to prevent re-suspension or movement of sediments to other parts of the lake