Gillette, Wyo. (AP) – Gillette plans to rebuild a wetlands at
Dalbey Memorial Park’s Fishing Lake and may dredge the lake because
of a nutrient buildup that’s harmful to fish.
Levi Jensen, a civil engineer for Gillette, says nutrients
aren’t being removed from the water because of cattails and
sediment. The nutrients help wetlands plants grow but are harmful
to fish and other aquatic life.
Jensen says the city plans to reconstruct the area so it can
efficiently remove sediment before it flows into the lake. The lake
has been dredged twice since 1973.
The lake also collects oil, fertilizer, sediment and other
pollutants washed into street drains and Donkey Creek from the
south half of Gillette.
Jensen is conducting tests to see what pollutants are n the