Friends of Claytor Lake (FOCL) proposed a five-foot drawdown for Nov. 4-12 to enable property owners to do shoreline maintenance and clean up.
That drawdown was approved and FOCL “will be conducting the mussel salvage event again at the State Park and DeHaven Park Saturday, Nov. 4,” FOCL announced. “Various groups of volunteers, around 100 total volunteers, will gather in areas along lake shorelines to toss stranded mussels back into deeper water. Saving these mussels is very important as they filter the lake water and help keep it clean.”
FOCL reports the total number of saved mussels to AEP each drawdown.
“FOCL encourages salvaging stranded mussels during the week of drawdown by gently tossing them into deeper water,” the organization explained. “To support continued drawdowns, FOCL also collects data on mussel salvage efforts and drawdown use and asks that you report your salvage activities. Remember, vegetation removal from within the project boundary is not allowed unless prior approval has been obtained.”
Info about shoreline permits can be obtained by calling (540) 489-2556 or visiting http://www.claytorhydro.com/shoreline.aspx. FOCL can be contacted at email@example.com or 540-395-FOCL if you have questions.
Radford News Journal staff report