TOWNSHEND, Vt. (AP) - Almost a year after Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont's Townshend Lake remains closed to swimmers because silt that washed into the lake left it too shallow for swimming.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hoping the swim area's excessive sediment can be removed before next summer.
The Corps' Townshend Lake project manager Dale Berkness says the water quality is fine, but the silt left behind by Irene decreased the swim area's depth, leaving it unusable and unsafe.
Townshend Selectboard Chairwoman Hedy Harris said it would be a relief if the area could be dredged soon.
Berkness says the corps is working with the state to dredge the swimming area.
The lake remains open for other recreational uses such as fishing, canoeing or kayaking.
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