Erosion Efforts updates
In January 2016 the RTA Board contracted for a Sediment Reduction Survey completed and prepared by Illinois Valley Surveying from Hennepin, Illinois to identify the drainage areas in the two lakes that are the largest sediment contributors and make recommendations to slow down the level of sediment entering the lakes. The study focused on a total of 30 drainage ravines and prioritized each based on the amount of soil being deposited into the lakes. The drainage ravine directly north of the clubhouse beach area was identified as one of the highest sediment contributors.
The RTA Board engaged the services of FCI Excavating in March 2016 to install three check dams and one cofferdam as recommended by Illinois Valley Surveying. The RTA board is committed to following the recommendations of the sediment reduction survey over several years to maintain the best water quality in our lakes.
Lake Camelot Association Member Survey
Please take the time to fill out the survey below. We are gathering information on the member’s opinion of the lakes, lake usage, and general views of lake management. We will use this information to form a lake management plan, and ultimately maintain the lakes to the member’s standards.
You can either print out this survey, fill it out front and back, and return to the clubhouse, or you can download it, fill it out, save it to your computer, and email it back using the email address email@example.com
Thank you for your input on this very important aspect of our lake association. Please remember to fill out both pages. Please return no later than December 1st 2015
YOUR OPINION MATTERS!!
1.CLICK THE LINK BELOW
2. YOUR INTERNET BROWSER WILL EITHER ASK YOU TO OPEN OR SAVE THE FILE.( FILE MAY AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOAD TO YOUR "DOWNLOAD FILES" WITHOUT ASKING)
3. SAVE THE SURVEY TO YOUR DESKTOP OR IF IT SAVED THE SURVEY IN YOUR DOWNLOAD FILES, CLICK THE FILE AND IT WILL OPEN
4. FILL OUT THE SURVEY, PLACING YOUR CURSOR OVER YOUR ANSWER AND CLICK YOUR MOUSE, IT WILL LEAVE A "X" IN THE BOX
5. SAVE THE SURVEY TO YOUR DESKTOP AFTER YOU COMPLETE
6.EMAIL THE COMPLETED SURVEY TO THE DREDGING COMMITTEE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
7. IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS EMAIL US AT THE LINK PROVIDED AND WE WILL HELP
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Please click on the link below for the August 2015 meeting minutes and addition questions: August 2015 meeting minutes
Please click on the link below for the July 25th 2015 update from the dredging committee including questions and answers: July 25th 2015 meeting minutes
Please click on the link below for the July 6th 2015 update from the dredging committee including questions and answers: July 6th 2015 meeting minutes
Please click this link for a dredging article from the Illinois EPA: EPA dredging article
Please click this link for a lake aeration and circulation article from the Illinois EPA: EPA lake aeration article
Interested in Lake Camelot and Lake Lancelot water quality? Please click this link for the Illinois VLMP page (volunteer lake monitoring program) Ill EPA VLMP link
Interested in why management of weeds and algae are so important??
Please click the link below for the Illinois BLUE GREEN ALGAE BLOOM PAGE ILL EPA blue green algae pag
Are YOU using the correct type of lawn and garden fertilizer living in the Lake Camelot Association??
Please click the link below for and article on using phosphurus free fertilizer: lawn fertilizer link
Questions or comments?? Click the email link below or copy and paste the adress into your email
Dredge Committee meetings Dates:
1. July 25, 2015 - Minutes/Notes
2. August 27, 2015 - Minutes/Notes
3. November 12, 2015 - Minutes/Notes
4. January 14, 2016 - Minutes/Notes
5. October 12, 2016 - Q&A From meeting With Answers
Letter from the Board
This letter is to inform you that at the recently held board meeting on September 21, 2016 the board was given preliminary budget numbers for the Dredging Project and Ravine Repairs. The Ad-hoc Dredging Committee, with 13 members, was formed in the middle of last year and has been working diligently to prepare the most effective and least cost way for this proposed project. The last time the lakes were dredged was about 24 years ago and without erosion protection established. Because of the lack of erosion protection in the ravines, the earth and debris have been entering the lakes and filling them up. A Hydrographic and Sediment Survey was done in August 2014 to determine the troubled silted areas in the lakes. Last year, a Ravine Study was performed in January 2016 to highlight troubled ravine areas. In addition, this year we have done some lake management training and testing.
The board has realized that this is large community problem and if not addressed will deteriorate our lakes and ravines further. Fish population and quality will eventually decrease and the silted areas will become even shallower, consequently, unusable by the community. Your property value may become stagnant and even decrease in value. As your board, we have an obligation to the community to address these problems to protect Lake Camelot.
The Dredge Committee has done a lot of research to learn best practices from other lake communities and experts in the field. It was decided to not to reinvent but to duplicate the best practices and incorporate them for our community. This was done with well over 1000 hours by volunteers. Currently, we are starting on a 319 Grant to application process with volunteers and if awarded would assist with money towards the ravine repairs. We will keep you posted.
Other committees have been involved like the Land and Lakes and have started with budgeted funds on the first trial ravine repair. This trail repair will help us determine the magnitude of work, the cost to be performed in the future ravines and assist us with the 319 Grant application process planning.
By utilizing current LakeCamelotproperties as dewatering sites we are able to save $$ on property and additional engineering costs. (The board received a preliminary budget analysis supplied by leader in the Dredging field. The summary of the analysis is listed below.) Preliminary cost of the project is expected at $1.22 Million Dollars. The cost of the ravine repair estimates (Approximately $250,000) will need to be added to this for a complete cost for the project. Utilizing our current properties will save the community lots of money and these properties will be brought back to close to original form (just a little taller). This work is included in the cost. (See Below)
Therefore, the estimated cost of the total project is $1,471,000 ($1,221,000 for dredging plus $250,000 for ravine repairs). What does that mean for each owner? We have 698 lots. Two (2) options will be made available to make either a full pay upfront or allow a lot owner to split the cost over a period of five (5) consecutive years. This will be in addition to your due (s) currently paid yearly.
$1,471,000 / 698 lot owners = $2,107.45 per each lot owner (Paying a onetime fee)
$2107.45 / 5 years = $421.49 per each lot owner (Paid yearly for 5 years) =$35.12 per month
It is a chunk of money either way you look at it. To be put into perspective, say we use an estimated value of each lot owner home at $200,000 and we understand there are 698 homes. And,LakeCamelot’s properties value at $10,000,000. The total cost of the project is low percentage of total property value.
$200,000 x 698 = $139,600,000 Combined Home Owner Property Values + $10,000,000LakeCamelotEstimated Property Value = $149,600,000
If we divide that by the preliminary cost of the project it is only 1% of total property value. So if you had to replace a hot water heater in your home it would feel like that as a whole.
$149,600,000/1,471,000 =.01% or 1% of Total Property Value
Finally, with the help from Land and Lakes committee, the board will develop a comprehensive lake management plan for all future boards and management to follow.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a board member or our general manager.
Many of you have seen the signs at the entrance to our community explaining silt build up in the lakes. The Lake Camelot Board paid $16,000 last year to have a study done. The study revealed that our lakes have more than 51,000 cubic yards of silt that need to be removed. In response to this study, a committee to investigate dredging and erosion control was formed. On Saturday July 25, 2015, the dredging committee held its first formal meeting.
You may ask “Why do we need to dredge?” The basic reasons are:
1. Improve navigation
2. Restore recreational access for leisure boating, swimming and fishing
3. Restore lost storage capacity of lakes
4. Remove nutrient rich sediments (excessive phosphorus) reducing nuisance algae blooms.
This occurs through direct removal of nutrient rich sediments and or deepening the lake to
stop sun from reaching areas of rooted growth
5. Remove toxic ground contamination
6. Reduce aquatic plant growth
7. Reduce sediment resuspension by winds and waves
8. Improve fish habitat
9. Improve water quality
10. Limits future regrowth of aquatic plants
11. Increase fish survivability by removing aquatic plants that steal oxygen from fish
Please click the link below for the Lake Camelot monthly meeting updates including questions and answers MEETING LINK
Please click on the link below for a articles and information on dredging and lake management
Please click the link below for the Lake Camelot and Lancelot sediment survey taken in 2014. It is a technical document showing where the silt is located and depth of silt at specific locations. It also explains how the survey was accomplished 2014 SEDIMENT SURVEY LINK