Last week the National Capital Authority warned that the flap gates on Scrivener Dam were banjoed and they’d have to undertake expensive works to fix this crucial piece of infrastructure.
Deep in an FAQ they managed to mention that, oh yes, the water level of the lake was going to be going down, and staying there for the eighteen months the work will take.
The ABC reports this has caused some degree of concern with lake users and coincided with a fishkill.
But groups which use the lake for recreation and sport say the lower level is making it harder to launch their rowing and sail boats, and to navigate the lake safely.
ACT Rowing president David Bagnall says it is creating significant health and safety problems for school rowing programs.
“Some of the schools are talking of closing down,” he said.
“It’s getting near the end of term, but they are really worried about their rowing programs and are looking for some sort of solution that will enable them to continue into the future.”
On the bright side some lost treasures are coming to light.
And in the bigger scheme of things most waterways rise and fall by far larger margins than half a metre.