Hazel Creek Lake Water Level to be Lowered

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January 10, 2018


For More Information Contact:

Glenn Balliew          
Public Work Director



(Kirksville, MO) — The City of Kirksville’s Public Works Department will begin dropping the water level at Hazel Creek by six (6) feet today in an attempt to control the invasive American Lotus plant. The lotus plants (lily pads) have invaded the south end of the lake and are moving into the northern coves. Hazel Creek Lake is one of the City’s two water source reservoirs, and this plant affects both water quality and the process used to treat that water.


Through consultation with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the City of Kirksville believes dropping the level of the lake, in an attempt to freeze the plant’s root systems, will be a cost effective way to control this invasive plant. While this strategy’s success will depend on Mother Nature, it will save taxpayer dollars and eliminate the need to use chemicals to control the plant. Additionally, the lower water level will provide an opportunity to repair the boat ramps at Hazel Creek Lake.


Due to the gradual slope of the lake bed near the banks of the lake, the water level may appear to be very low in some locations. The City of Kirksville wants to reassure citizens that between both Hazel Creek Lake and Forest Lake (the City’s two water reservoirs), the City of Kirksville and Adair County are not in jeopardy of running out of water. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 660.627.1291.




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