The Making of Red Lake
How to Change a Beautiful Lake Into a Silt Filled Lake
This website provides you information about how a beautiful lake in a golf neighborhood, built by a man with a vision - John Berry - fell into danger due to what we describe as a Village not working together to protect the lake and the area's environment.
Who Can Think This is OK?
Who Would Take This Beautiful Lake and Then Dump Silt Filled Water Into the Lake
Actually a Village is responsible for turning this lake into a sediment-filled lake which will likely die due to the damage done to it. The Village is made up of State and Local Government, a Developer, Contractors, and more...
Below you will find a series of what we saw, documented, and discovered during this experience. This is updated as it happens, so be sure to check back in to see what is new.
What's Going On?
July 20, 2020
We had been seeing some silt coming into the lake, but one day we woke up to this view. We saw silt pouring into the lake and turning it red. Of course our first question was, "what is causing the lake to change to red?" So we took our first excursion up the trail of silt. Click below for the pictures of what saw that day.
This Has Got to Stop
July 30, 2020
When you think things couldn't get worse, they did. Things were getting much worse. We knew this had to stop or the lake wouldn't have a chance to survive as a lake.
We Have Problems
We quickly discover there were multiple failures creating "Red Lake". The top three failures were 1) the engineering plans were very weak for the volume and velocity of water and silt on this site, 2) the inspections by county and contractor were limited (if any), and 3) the maintenance of the site was limited or non-existent.
More Human Error
Who Would Think This is OK?
When you think you have seen it all - you can sometimes still be surprised by what you see. Corruption of the system to correct another problem. Yeap - that is a hole cut through a silt fence and blocks, to make it easier for the silt to get to the lake.
After the Rain
August 17, 2020
We just had to see what the site looked like after the half-inch of rain on the 15th. This is what we found, and a little information about how the silt and water get to the lake from the storm drains.
August 18, 2020
Just when you think you have seen it all, you get surprised. Now the contractor has put berms up to direct more silt and water to the compromised storm drains that have no silt controls.
August 23, 2020
My question is this. Why is this allowed to occur? My second question is why is it allowed to continue? According to the SC DHEC Stormwater BMP Handbook, this is all wrong.
Loose Soil Sitewide
August 23, 2020
I believe it could be argued that none of the Best Management Practices were followed. Which begs the question, is the SC DHEC Best Management Practices simply suggestions?
Email with History
August 24, 2020
This is an email sent last week from the site inspector for Lexington County. He gives an overview of what has transpired over the last month. There is a lot happening this week. We have to hope that the contractor gets the site in compliance.
Our Only Desire
August 24, 2020
We want the contractor and developer to be successful. As all of us learned from our parents - "How to ALWAYS get to where you want to be? Just Do The Next Right Thing." Do the Next Right Thing for the environment, and for you.
Golden Hills Note
August 26, 2020
After a few neighbors asked about the Berry's, I decided to reach out to them. I wrote a note to Dian Berry and got a very nice response back from her. We find they have the same concerns as we do.
August 31, 2020
We just received notification from Mayor Steve that there has been a fine and a stop-work order put on the site. We were not hoping for this. Hopefully, the contractor is making the needed corrections. We will update when we know more.
Main Input Ditch
This is a short explanation of the problem with the main input ditch due to too much water coming into an area with a velocity that is overwhelming a poorly engineered ditch.
February 8, 2021
This is an update of what has occurred over the last couple of months. There has been a lot of developments since my last update. I am sorry it took so long.