Lake Chesdin Water Level Is Dropping - wtvr

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Access to Lake Chesdin from Public Boat Landings and Marinas has been cut off because of the drastic drop in water levels. Full Story
Judith Randolph

Bealeton, VA

#1 Sep 7, 2010
Isn't it a possiblity the Lake is drying up not from lack of rain but increased usage of water in surrounding localities that Lake Chesdin supplies. Several years ago I remember reading an article that stated localties supplied by Lake Chesdin for residential and business water usage needed to find (in the near future) another source for supplying water to residents in the Tri-Cities, Chesterfield and Ft. Lee area.
With the influx of troops, residents and support personnel for Ft. Lee this seems to me a more obvious reason for the shortage in water.

Just a thought..........
yardman

Wilmington, DE

#2 Sep 7, 2010
Are the punps hanging off the docks still running to keep the beautiful lawns green. Do your homework and ride around the neighborhood, it's pretty obvious......
Jeez

United States

#3 Sep 7, 2010
Oh no, but I have to water my grass.
guest

Richmond, VA

#4 Sep 7, 2010
maybe y'all need to stop boiling the tea bags.
Who Knows

Hopewell, VA

#5 Sep 8, 2010
Judith Randolph wrote:
Isn't it a possiblity the Lake is drying up not from lack of rain but increased usage of water in surrounding localities that Lake Chesdin supplies. Several years ago I remember reading an article that stated localties supplied by Lake Chesdin for residential and business water usage needed to find (in the near future) another source for supplying water to residents in the Tri-Cities, Chesterfield and Ft. Lee area.
With the influx of troops, residents and support personnel for Ft. Lee this seems to me a more obvious reason for the shortage in water.
Just a thought..........
Well Fort Lee itself gets its water from Hopewell. Hopewell gets its water from where the Appomattox and James meet. That is why you never really see Hopewell going to water restrictions (voluntary let alone mandatory). If the water dried up here a lot of people would be in serious trouble upstream (City of Richmond, etc.)
dmccray

Richmond, VA

#6 Sep 9, 2010
Yes, I live on Lake Chesdin and I do water my grass. But I follow the voluntary water usage. It is and has been shut off since the request was made. Watering the lawns is not draining the lake. Lack of rain would be very obvious, but I think the new 48" water line that was installed 20 miles through Chesterfield may also be playing a major part. Water also has to be released over the dam for the environmental protection of the river below the dam. We can stop watering, but maybe we should find another source for the surrounding localities before it is drained dry.
The boss

Richmond, VA

#7 Sep 9, 2010
Start offering free fast food to have fat people swim in it, boom instant rise.
dmccray

Richmond, VA

#8 Sep 10, 2010
That's great Boss! Only problem, "boom" Obama will have to tax the water use even more because we will be abusing fat people (ie: the new illegals). Thanks for the tip.
hokiegrad

Richmond, VA

#9 Sep 21, 2010
yardman wrote:
Are the punps hanging off the docks still running to keep the beautiful lawns green. Do your homework and ride around the neighborhood, it's pretty obvious......
these pumps amount for a very small percentage of overall usage. The problem is that you have to many people relying on this one water source. What needs to happen is a permenant fix to increase the water supply. Weather its raising the dam, dredging out the lake( chesdin is very shallow with alot of muck at the bottom), or building another reservoir to store more water, it needs to be done now.
not a teahead

Richmond, VA

#10 Sep 21, 2010
how are you teabaggers gonna force the gov't to build thousands of miles of pipe from alaska to get water to your lake. as y'all would say cut gov't spending. don't ask for a dime OK.
bob

Chester, VA

#11 Sep 24, 2010
Just wondering if the lake has lost it's holding capacity due to silt accumulating since 1967? Does the authority ever dredge the lake's bottom?
Dave

Chester, VA

#12 Oct 1, 2010
considering the board of supervisors in Chesterfield won't stop building permits that depend on public water it's likely that the water will just get shorter and shorter in supply each and every year .
Scott

Chester, VA

#13 Jun 27, 2012
["dmccray"]That's great Boss! Only problem, "boom" Obama will have to tax the water use even more because we will be abusing fat people (ie: the new illegals). Thanks for the tip. HEY! PRESIDENT Obama is certainly not perfect, but at least he didn't freak out and attack the WRONG country(IRAQ) and cost this country nearly a TRILLION dollars, well over FOUR THOUSAND American soldiers' lives, and well over TWENTY THOUSAND soldiers wounded!!!!(Not to mention FAILING to secure our southern border where they are all flowing into our country DAILY).

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