GENESEO – The newly reconstructed stream beds and banks flowing into Conesus Lake have held up to this spring’s severe flooding and are ready for further work later this fall.
Town Supervisor William Wadsworth said that the organic streambank and lower beach remediation project by the Geneseo Highway Department has seen some minor delays, including an unforeseen population of protected long-nosed bats in nearby dead trees, but the completed portions so far has handled to the elements well.
“These projects usually need about two years of growth before handling a lot of water flow, but it held up well,” said Town Supervisor William Wadsworth. “If you want to see an effort by man to help water flow more easily into a lake without damaging the bank, I suggest you take a look at the stream just to the right of the entry road to the park. It’s pretty impressive.”
The multiple-phase, grant-funded project is one of many currently active projects designed to improve and preserve Conesus Lake. The plan is to restore and stabilize stream banks in the Conesus lake watershed using organic structures like live grass carpets and carefully positioned logs to slow water, protect stream banks from erosion, and filter toxins.
“The Highway Department has been doing a wonderful job,” said Wadsworth. “They weren’t able to continue with the work because of the long-nosed bats. The bats move out in the fall and we can take trees down then.”