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Offline WadeJ

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Prospertown Lake is no more
« on: September 19, 2011, 12:20:49 PM »
Looks like Nitro has lost it's amazing view.  Unless somebody has some deep pockets, we may not see this lake return either.

http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2011/prospertown.htm

Please update us if anybody hears anything new on this because aside from hunting and fishing sites, there appears to be little to no news about it.

9/20/11 Update: The Asbury Park Press now has a story on the lake
« Last Edit: September 20, 2011, 11:13:16 AM by jglonek »

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2011, 12:39:34 PM »
Wait, is this the entire lake next to the park with the fireworks and ski stadium or another separate body of water by Nitro?

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 12:49:06 PM »
Those two are seperate.  The lake by the stadium is Switlik Lake and I beleive it is actually owned by Six Flags.  Or at least they are responsible for it's well-being.

Take a look at the park from google maps and you'll see a very small divider between the two.

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 01:00:51 PM »
Wow, that's insane...


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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 01:32:57 PM »
I just tweeted APP to see if they are aware or have any info on it. We'll see!

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 01:33:44 PM »
Wow! I was on Nitro this past Saturday and I noticed that the lake looked funky. I thought that maybe the water was just really brown in some spots, but i guess it was actually the ground that I was looking at.

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011, 01:33:54 PM »
MASSIVE LAND BRIDGE!

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011, 01:54:37 PM »
From APP:

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DEP moved fish from Prospertown Lake to Turnmill Pond after outfall failed. Working on story.

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2011, 02:09:27 PM »
Looks like the Irene is still causing damage weeks later.
I'm sure this isn't the first time something like this has happened.
It will be back.

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2011, 02:43:36 PM »
From what I could find online, it appears this has been ongoing for some time.  It actually just failed last week and while I'm sure the storms didn't help, it was only a matter of time.  Getting it fixed has also been being discussed for some time with no resolution found as to who will pay for it.


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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2011, 06:06:34 PM »
Really surprised me. There's a lot I don't know about the lakes and such but it's not often where you get to see an entire one drain like a tub.

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2011, 08:03:12 PM »
Wade,   I told you that night at the park what happened. lol  They saved over 1,000 different types of fish.

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2011, 07:09:15 AM »
Here is the APP Story.

3,000 fish rescued from Jackson lake

JACKSON — The failure of an outlet structure at Prospertown Lake drained the centerpiece of the Jackson wildlife area, though workers with the state Division of Fish and Wildlife were able to rescue more than 3,000 fish and relocate them to Turnmill Pond, state officials reported Monday.

A popular fishing location on Route 537, Prospertown Lake began dropping by a foot a day last week after the collapse of the outlet that controls discharge into Lahaway Creek.

The steel floodgates in the lake dam “are 27 years old, and our engineers think they were just overrun by (Hurricane Irene) and the subsequent storm,” said Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The good news is the lake dam held, and no homes were endangered downstream, Ragonese said. The failure happened two weeks after the hurricane washed out other roads and bridges in Jackson.

Within a couple of days, workers recovered 1,000 crappies, yellow perch, bluegills, brown bullhead catfish and largemouth bass and released them in the pond at nearby Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area.

Teams were back out in boats Monday using electrofishing, a technique that uses mild electrical shocks to stun fish so they can be collected alive.

The lake now looks like a river coursing through a muddy floodplain, and it will be like that for months to come, officials said.

“We’re not likely to see that lake filled until sometime in mid to late 2012,” Ragonese said.

DEP engineers are assessing the damage to plan repairs but don’t have a cost estimate yet, he said.

Once the lake does refill, wildlife workers can again collect fish from Turnmill Pond and return them to Prospertown, Ragonese said.

Kirk Moore: 732-557-5728; kmoore@njpressmedia.com

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2011, 06:31:59 PM »
I stopped by after work and took some pictures.











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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2013, 06:00:08 PM »
The lake is back.  The view from Nitro is back!

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2013, 03:41:21 PM »
Ken, thanks for posting this.  Made my day!

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Re: Prospertown Lake is no more
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2013, 04:25:55 PM »
Yes I noticed it last time I went the Lake is back ... Now to get to the other side near the lake to get some photos that is another thing LOL