Gratitude to Conard

Published 9:14 am Wednesday, August 7, 2013

To the editor:

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sky Conard and the Green River Watershed Alliance she founded for their work in bringing Altamont in to assess the environmental degradation happening in and around Lake Adger and the Green River.

Sixteen years ago we bought lake front property at Lake Adger, hoping to one day build our dream home. Before our purchase we were shown lake depth readings of  20 to 25 feet deep in front of our lot. This same area is now between 6 and 8 feet deep. In areas across the cove it is already a mud flat,  and that mud flat is coming our way. The public access marina at the mouth of the Green River is barely accessible by Kayak when the water is low, and only by a narrow channel with your prop up when the water is “high.”  The erosion, silting and shoreline destruction of Lake Adger should be a  concern to all of us. It affects our property values and our quality of life.

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Lake Adger and the Green River are some of the gems of Polk County, and if we are to be good stewards of the gifts God has given us, we need to be more earnest in protecting this beautiful Eden.

– Glenn Dulken, Charlotte, N.C.