Representatives of the Resort met with DCR (VA Department of Conservation and Recreation) on 12/5. The DCR staff told them that the remaining legal work was being wrapped up and that DCR expected to advertise for bids in February 2015. This news basically confirms the last status update, so we can say that the work is on schedule.
Based on this information, the resort expects no impact on Lake Laura operations during the summer of 2015.
Observant visitors (or even casual visitors) to Lake Laura will notice the current low water levels. These low levels are a result of the scheduled winter drawdown. This drawdown, which exposes the shallow end of the lake and kills off some of the aquatic vegetation, is part of the Resort’s Lake Management Plan and is intended to help control aquatic vegetation growth in the summer months.
The draining of Lake Laura in support of the dam restoration work will be planned and announced when the schedule for the work on the dam is finalized. The Resort currently expects the draining to occur sometime in the Fall/Winter of 2015.
As we get more information from the Resort and/or DCR, we will post updates on this page.