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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Spring 2011

By Craig Goodwin

A recent photo of the Lake Sawyer weir—a small overflow dam used to control the lake’s outlet to Covington Creek.

A recent photo of the Lake Sawyer weir—a small overflow dam used to control the lake’s outlet to Covington Creek.

Have you ever wondered why Lake Sawyer has a weir at the outlet to Covington Creek?

In the 1940s, lake discharge was a natural outlet with logs, brush, or even a beaver dam controlling flows and lake levels. A real estate developer, Vern Cole Realty, wanted to reclaim part of the lower “boot” of the lake for additional lots. To do this, though, would require lowering the level of the lake. Therefore, Vern Cole Realty removed these natural discharge structures and the lake level fell. (more…)

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