Several Landfall residents have expressed their concern about Upper Lake’s (next to Horseshoe Lake) appearance, notably the seemingly low water level. Discussions were recently held with the Corps of Engineers to ask about raising the lake’s water level some six to eight inches above its current static level.
The Corps deferred to the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) for approval since the lake is considered a stormwater control measure (SCM), and integral part of Landfall’s stormwater infrastructure. NCDEQ was contacted and indicated the permit holder (Landfall) will need to make an application for permit modification with an engineered solution to the issues raised about the water level. NCDEQ will then conduct a review and if acceptable, will issue a permit modification with the new outfall changes and elevations approved.
Unfortunately, this will require hiring an engineering company to provide a surface water survey and revised calculations for stormwater capacity. Because the Lake belongs to Landfall, this issue must be brought to Landfall’s Council of Associations for consideration, especially pertaining to funding this effort.
Landfall’s ponds and lakes provide valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl, including these ring-necked ducks (center), young mallards (top), and pied-billed grebes (bottom) seen in Landfall Lake.