LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's a project that looks to recover the ecosystem of the lake that has been lost over the past 50 years.
The cleanup process began in 2018 with work done on the dam leading to Cayuga Creek. From there, Como Lake was drained and prepped for the work beginning on Monday, where Erie County crews will cleanup and move out multiple feet of mud to level off the bottom of the lake and create a better environment for wildlife. This is the first time a cleanup process like this is being done to Como Lake in over 50 years.
That massive mud island is the result of years of buildup in Como Lake in Lancaster. Construction is beginning today to remove that and restore the lake to what would have been seen 50 years ago. pic.twitter.com/DDModPuV8u— Jeff Slawson (@Jeffslawson) August 5, 2019
The efforts will cost $400,000, with $250,000 already spent on the dam. The cleanup process was actually supposed to begin in the Fall of 2018, however a wet season forced construction to be pushed back. The entire cleanup is being funded and run by the Erie County Department of Public Works.
Construction is expected to last six weeks, with the soil being fully integrated by the Summer of 2020.