Tucker Lake to be Completely Drained

~ Seepage, Pipe Repair Issues Required ~

ARVADA – Tucker Lake, located just north and east of the Arvada Reservoir, will be completely drained over the next few months in order to repair a seepage issue as well as bring the irrigation outlet up to State Dam safety standards.

Tucker Lake is an approximately 150-year-old reservoir; its water source is Ralston Reservoir. When West Woods was developed, Tucker Lake became the irrigation source for the golf course. As more development has occurred in the area, a trail was constructed around the Lake.

Since early 2014, utilities staff have been monitoring a seepage area high on the south side of the Lake.  In June of 2015, staff noticed that the seepage area had expanded and the slope potentially becoming unstable; therefore, in July, Tucker Lake was lowered from approximately 15 feet to 12 feet to bring the water level below the area of concern.

In addition to the seepage issue, the pipe outlet used to irrigate West Woods Golf Club needs to be relined in order to meet State engineering standards, requiring the Lake to be completely drained.  This will occur during the fall and work will commence on the pipe outlet once the ground is frozen.  Repairs should be completed by March of 2016, at which time the Lake will be refilled.

Tucker Lake is not managed by the Colorado Wildlife Division, nor is it stocked, but there are fish in the Lake.  Residents and neighbors have been known to fish there, which is allowed, and the City plans to “fish out” the Lake prior to completely draining.  A positive outcome of this will be the elimination of the carp and sucker fish population.

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