Put outlet creek back to way it was before tampering

Every amateur and expert has had their say as to the high water problem at Sylvan Lake.

Dear Editor,

Every amateur and expert has had their say as to the high water problem at Sylvan Lake.

In the late 1950s, I advised the council not to close off the Sylvan Lake outlet creek. Like most elected officials, they as good as told me I didn’t know what I was talking about.

Back in those days we used to play baseball and football on the beach. The old wooden pier was almost high and dry. There was the most wonderful beach any family could ask for.

The council had the outlet plugged, then over the years we have had more moisture than in previous years and, of course, the level has risen to the mess we have at present.

Some of the council at Lacombe County say don’t tamper with Mother Nature. Too bad people weren’t present when it was tampered with.

So why can’t we put it back the way it was then? It would be back to where it was before some council in the past decided to tamper with Mother Nature.

Mother Nature puts inlets and outlets to creeks for a reason, to maintain a natural level. It’s that simple.

Fred Freschette,

Sylvan Lake

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