I was curious to see the "after" at Harrisville Pond. It is clear cut from the canoe launch south to the main dam and just beyond. I certainly can understand if tree roots in the immediate area were a concern in possibly damaging the two exit points but so puzzling as to why they removed all of the trees and vegetation. Life will go on but if someone happens to know the official reason I would be interested to know.
That's the only logical explanation. For those familiar with the location on the Northern part of 679 where you launch your boats past the initial spillway all the way to the southern dam and then slightly past it is completely clear cut, graded. Its all gone. So..............I would have to guess that trees can weaken the earth impoundment adjacent to 679 (??). Oh well, what's done is done. On other topics I have heard a concern over the lack of transparency and unilateral action by the State....If it was necessary so be it, but it would be appropriate for the State to have a contact person to "clear the air" on projects like this.Did you take any pictures? I would like to see what it looks like now.
Looking at some year-old pictures I have, I agree, the area between the two spillways doesn't really look like a dam. (Where they cut at Lake Absegami does, especially with the trees removed. The ground drops off on both sides - one side to the lake, and the other side to the low area where East Branch Bass River flows. It's clearly a dam.)
But at Harrisville, in fact it probably is considered a dam - meaning it is man-made and holds the lake in. So I think the trees were cut not to protect the spillways (outflows), but to protect the earth dams.
8. Are trees allowed on dams?
No. Significant vegetation impedes the inspection process and can hide serious deficiencies that may be occurring at a dam. Additionally, the root structure of trees affects the structural integrity of the dam, can cause seepage pathways for water through the dam, and can cause significant section loss if uprooted. Any one of these factors alone can contribute to the failure of a dam.
So..............I would have to guess that trees can weaken the earth impoundment adjacent to 679 (??).