Lake Decatur Remains Open For Recreation Use

April 3, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Lake Decatur Remains Open For Recreation Use
DECATUR – Lake Decatur remains open for recreation use during the COVID-19 situation as boaters and fishermen can easily maintain proper social distancing.  This includes all boat ramps, public and private docks.  Boaters, fishermen and others are reminded to stay at least 6 feet apart from other people and not congregate in groups of more than 10 persons.
Boating is free of charge until the COVID-19 situation has subsided.  At that time the City will mail this year’s boat and dock bills to previous customers and begin enforcing boat and dock permit fees and related requirements.
The Nelson Park boat ramps are open.  City owned boat ramps at N. Country Club Road and E. Lost Bridge Road will be open later this month as the water level of Lake Decatur is increased to the full summer level around May 1 each year.
Regarding the possibility that COVID-19 may enter Lake Decatur, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that COVID-19 is not a threat to the nation’s drinking water supply.  The City uses two highly effective disinfection products (chlorine dioxide and chlorine) at the South Water Treatment Plant to inactivate pathogens such as COVID-19.
Contact Joe Nihiser, Lake Maintenance Supervisor at 424-2837 or Keith Alexander, Water Production Manager at 424-2863 for more information.