The water level at Crooked Lake has been a concern for the Siren Village board for years. They are once again looking at options to protect the lake’s shoreline and possibly allocating $20,000 for repairs.
The board met last week in a number of locations. Some members were in their homes and communicating through Zoom meetings others were at the Siren Village Hall.
“It’s the highest I’ve seen the lake,” Steve Young said of the water level on Crooked Lake. Young lives on the lake and said he put a rock retaining wall in about eight years ago.
“Since then my steps and boulders are under water,” Young added.
Village President Dave Alden admitted the water level is not good for the health of the lake and it could also be “dangerous” for residents.
Village Trustee Rick Engstrom said property values could drop dramatically if something is not done to stop the water rising.
The board discussed what the high-level mark is and wanted to get more information on why it is almost at the level of State Road 35/70 from the Department of Natural Resources. The board would also like to meet with County Conservationist Dave Ferris on the high water.
County Supervisor Buzz Byrne has brought up the issue of rising waters at Crooked Lake for years. Byrne contests the issue begins with Amsterdam Slough.
He came to the Siren Village Board last year to gain more awareness for the water levels in Amsterdam Slough near Siren and its effects on Crooked Lake, an issue he has been working on for years.
“They’ve turned the slough into a lake,” Byrne said in 2019. “They are backing up Crooked Lake and eroding the park there. The water is up at least three feet from where it used to be.”
The $20,000 would be allocated from the Village’s Parks Outlay Fund. There was no decision made on allocating those funds. The board voted to reach out to local and state officials to ask what their options are to repair the shoreline and lower the water level.