Draining Pocono Woodlands Lake turned a healthy lake into a mud flat


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To the Editor:

I am writing about the draining, not the lowering, of the Pocono Woodlands Lake.

Everyone familiar with lakes knows that at some point lakes may be lowered for a multitude of good reasons. Reasons could be for inspections, protection of docks, or dams, etc. However, there is no reason to completely drain a healthy, living lake with many species of animals being killed off. Certainly, there should have been a plan to conserve as many of these animals as possible. No plan was implemented.

I have been corresponding with local representatives, who in turn have contacted the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the administration of the Pike County Conservation District about the above issue. I continue to get the same response that a permit was issued and everything is fine. Everything is not fine.

The lake was drained to the point of it being a mud flat. All the fish are gone or dead. The insects, amphibians, and everything else previously alive is now either dead or will be quite soon. This spring's spawn of every species has been wiped out. The fish who haven't been killed have been washed down the drainage stream to die. Predatory fish such as bass and pickerel survive only in lakes or large rivers. They will not survive two days in a disappearing stream.

Robert Cerutti

Milford



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