In 2021, high water damaged the boat lock when we opened it to pass more water out of the Southern Lakes. As a result, repairs are now needed.
Over the years, and through our most recent round of boat lock engagement, we have heard that flood mitigation in the Southern Lakes is important to many people. We have also heard that cost, and the resulting impact to ratepayers, is important as well. As a result, we will be replacing the sheet pile island with two gates, as illustrated below. The additional gates will allow for increased flow through the structure. Thank you to everyone who provided comments.
We are now in the design/engineering phase of the project. We plan to start construction in summer 2024.