Yes Birmingham, Quarton Lake is still there, but it's getting harder to see due to the overwhelming proliferation of lily pads. And the city is about to take action, officials said.
The takeover really started in late June, and has grown closer and closer to the fishing pier, which is now virtually surrounded.
The city monitored the lily pad increase and consulted with Hubbel, Roth and Clark, Inc. (HRC) about the problem throughout the summer. Officials determined this week that treatment should begin this year.
Options include physically removing the lily pads and treating the lake with chemicals. Either solution would take three to five years to restore balance in the lake's ecosystem.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the treatment plan or has ideas should attend the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Department of Public Services office. Officials with HRC will provide an update and explain viable treatment options while taking input from the public.
Have the lily pads impacted your enjoyment of Quarton Lake this year? What would you like to see done? Tell us in the comments.