Cattail plants are taking over some of the lakes near the main entrance. Are these going to be cleaned out, or are they going to be allowed to completely fill in the lake?

Cattail plants are taking over some of the lakes near the main entrance. Are these going to be cleaned out, or are they going to be allowed to completely fill in the lake?

Response:

We understand your request for the ponds located throughout the back 9 of the South Course. However, the cost associated with your request has been the reason that the Golf Advisory Committee, Finance Advisory Committee and Board have not moved forward in this 10 year period. The cost to dredge, remove old liner and replace new liner in just one (1) pond was bid at approximately $100,000. After receiving this information the decision was made to maintain these ponds to the best of our ability with the current design.

The water features along the Jefferson Gate / North Channel are a similar situation. As with the other ponds, this area is part of a flood channel with shallow water features to create aesthetic appeal. Unfortunately, the design does not allow for pristine conditions like the water features of the South Course front 9 or the North Course. After much discussion with our Committees, a compromise was made to keep pockets of reeds for the water fowl. Our team is now on a schedule to address these areas once per month. We did not aggressively trim back the reeds during the last cycle as there were ducklings present and we did not want to disturb their habitat. FYI – when we were working on the water features last season with ducklings present it created an uprising with many Residents. The ducklings will have moved on in the near future and we will continue our monthly trimming of the reeds

In summary, there is a major division between what the Residents of SCSHCA want in these areas. We will continue to maintain them on a monthly basis as it is the best compromise in our current situation.

Update 08/16/2019:

For the first 2 weeks of August there has been 72 hours of labor dedicated to Reed Maintenance in the North Channel. This time of the year the reeds grow extremely fast and we will continue to spend the budgeted labor hours.


Category: Landscape

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