Neighbors want answers for low water levels in Lake Chesdin

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) –In Chesterfield people who rely on Lake Chesdin, are taking action to find out why the lake was allowed to get so dry. This comes as the threat of emergency water restrictions hangs over the community like a dark cloud.

Miles of Lake Chesdin have dried up. This summer record water consumption has turned the reservoir into a desert. Submerged junk is now in plain view.

"We knew back in July that there was a problem and nothing was done to it. Now we're getting to critical stage and we're just trying to figure out why we needed to wait this long to protect this resource," said concerned neighbor Ron Stack.

Ron is furious with this new landscape.

"From what I understand- it has only been this level when they first started to fill up this reservoir. So something's happened. Though there's a drought, this is far beyond drought," he said.

He's part of a newly-formed community taskforce made up of people from Chesterfield, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Colonial Heights and Prince George that are demanding answers from the Appomattox River Water Authority.

"What happened and who's responsible for it? What are we going to do? What policies should we be looking at to be a better manager of this and the long-term needs for water," Ron asked.

Forget the lakefront views or boating- people are worried about the wildlife. While filming NBC12 found some dead clams. They're supposed to be underwater but they're now exposed. There are hundreds of them in the area.

"We have to throw things back in the water hoping that we don't lose these things," Ron said.

We just learned there will be an audit of water flow and trigger points may increase so restrictions would come sooner.

"Oh yeah. I've never seen in my life boats on dry land," said lakefront business owner Domenico Giambanco.

At Giambanco's restaurant opens soon - he hopes there's still a view.

"A lot of people they come over here boating. It would have been nice for me if they had a lot of water," he said.

The taskforce is asking local and state politicians for help in getting answers. They are also funding their own audit of Lake Chesdin.

The Appomattox River Water Authority is set to answer your questions at a public hearing next Thursday. It will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Matoaca Elementary School.

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