Lake Yuma Netting Update

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The City of Yuma would like to update residents on Lake Yuma. The city has been discussing the best options for the netting, which was part of the sod installed last year for the storm water retention pond project.  As many residents know, erosion had a significant negative effect on Lake Yuma and the water quality produced a less than pleasant odor at times. The city received a grant from DOLA to improve Lake Yuma and contracted through Diamondback Engineering to find a company that could stabilize the bank and provide much-needed aeration to the water itself. SOLitude Lake Management seemed like a good fit and appeared to have the experience to complete the project. Due to the dramatic slope of the bank, netting was used to help the sod remain in place. Unfortunately, some of the sod installed did not take root as expected and started sliding off into the water. This exposed the netting, which was harmful to wildlife that lives in Lake Yuma. 

Since we learned about the netting issue a few months ago, Diamondback and SOLitude have each come to Lake Yuma in search of a solution.  At this point, the solution appears to be to remove the current sod and all netting and replace it with new sod without netting. The City of Yuma is working with SOLitude Lake Management to develop a timeline to repair the damage.

City employees have been and will continue to monitor Lake Yuma and remove any netting they see. While the majority of the netting that has fallen into the lake has been removed, we continue to run into the same problem as before, such as the water rising and then descending, which causes more exposed netting.