Minsi Lake Update
8/23/2013

By State Rep. Joe Emrick
137th Legislative District

I have many fond childhood memories of fishing and ice skating on Minsi Lake. As a result, I was pleased to hear the recent announcement that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has completed repairs made to the lake’s spillway. The water level will be raised by approximately one foot per week in order to monitor the repairs, and the lake is expected to return to normal levels by the beginning of September.

Several small concrete patches were replaced and the concrete joints and several cracks on the surface of the dam’s spillway were sealed. The work was initially expected to be completed in June, but was delayed due to scheduling conflicts with other projects.

While this is good news for the moment, the spillway must be rebuilt at some point because it is not big enough to meet current regulations. The PFBC estimates the repair cost to be more than $3 million.

Problems like this exist all around the state. Minsi Lake is classified by the state Department of Environmental Protection as a high-hazard, unsafe dam. More than $56 million is needed to fix or rebuild nine other similar structures. At this time, all of the projects remain unfunded.

We have a great treasure right here in our backyard in Minsi Lake. My hope is that we can find the funding to address the needs of this and other great natural resources, so families like mine can make great memories there enjoying the many recreational opportunities it offers.

Questions about this or any other legislative issue should be directed to my Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or my Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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