Our Opinion: City should take care of Lake Alice [UPDATED]Published 9:58am Friday, June 20, 2014 Updated 11:59am Friday, June 20, 2014
Fergus Falls residents who live around Lake Alice voiced concerns to city officials Monday about the city’s neglect of the shoreline around the lake.
They have a valid point.
The vegetation around Lake Alice has become overgrown, blocking views dramatically. The new trees along the south end appear to need attention, and neighbors are concerned about thistles they haven’t seen before.
Due to the lowering of Lake Alice to accommodate construction on the south end, the lake’s appearance has changed dramatically in recent years. However, the construction is complete, and with the recent rains, the lake’s level should no longer be an issue.
City officials pointed out that a plan is in the works to clarify the water in the lake by reducing phosphorus levels. However, the plan would cost millions, and there’s no guarantee funding will be available to complete it.
City officials need to get the basics done, provide good views, remove weeds and tend to the trees around the lake. If city officials need volunteers, no question city residents would step up.
Especially in the summer, Lake Alice is an asset to Fergus Falls. With the resources that are available now, we need to take care of it as best as we can.