Residents to meet about Lake Elkhorn dredging concerns

Fifteen residents who live beside Columbia's algae-choked Lake Elkhorn are sponsoring a public meeting Tuesday night to inform the public about the 37-acre lake's prospects.

The residents of Swan Point, a townhouse community on the lake's northern shore, were upset when a long-planned dredging project suddenly stopped in March, before the job was finished. The Pennsylvania contractor filed a $1 million suit against the Columbia Association, the lake's owner, contending that it failed to pay the full bill for the work. The civil suit has not been settled.

The group, which calls the meeting a "teach-in," plans a four-expert panel, two from the Columbia Association. John McCoy, CA's watershed manager for the past year, and Charles "Chick" Rhodehamel, CA's vice president for community development and sustainability, will represent the large homeowners association. Ned Tillman, a nearby resident, author and head of Howard County's Environmental Sustainability Board, and Sherm Garrison, a state aquatic biologist who is water program manager for the Department of Natural Resources, will also attend.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way.

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