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City asks for input on Laurel Lakes landscaping

By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com

11:53 AM EST, January 7, 2014

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As the city moves forward with a project to clean up the upper of the two Laurel Lakes, Laurel officials are asking residents for landscaping suggestions.

Officials from the Prince George's County's Department of Environmental Resources told the community in November that designs for a dredging project to excavate sediment from the upper lake were nearly complete. County officials expect to have fully completed designs and all the necessary permits in place by March, so that dredging can begin in mid-July.

According to city officials, landscaping around the upper lake is intentionally not part of the dredging project, so that local residents can have the opportunity to share their own ideas and preferences.

Suggestions can be emailed to parks@laurel.md.us. Officials said all submitted suggestions will be reviewed to "develop the best landscaping plan possible," according to a press release.

With the dredging project, the county hopes to remove 15,000 cubic yards of sediment from the upper lake, located near Oxford Street. The project will cost about $1.5 million.