The rain gauge at Warner University has only recorded 1.3 inches of rain since our last email. Crooked Lake continues to rise, albeit more slowly. As of August 24th, the Gauge at Bob's Landing reads 120.85 feet NAVD88.
Following heavy rainfall on August 2nd, sewer manholes on Canal Drive in Crooked Lake Park began to overflow. Untreated wastewater began to flow along the side of the road and into a stormwater drain that discharges to a canal on Crooked Lake.
Our area typically receives 8 inches of rain per month during July and August. The rain gauge at Warner University has recorded 26 inches over the last 30 days. This has led to a dramatic increase in the water level of Crooked Lake.
Longleaf pines were the landmark tree growing in the Babson Park area, but were long ago timbered out
and only a few of the stately pines remain around the Crooked Lake area. The Defenders have partnered
with Ryan to restore them to the landscape, celebrating Arbor Day.
Earlier this year, Bok Academy, Janie Howard Wilson Elementary, and Polk State College teamed up to enable young ladies opportunities to participate in a series of Saturday workshops aimed at nurturing interest in STEM.
Helen Morrison helped found the Defenders of Crooked Lake and lived on Crooked Lake home for than 50 years. Helen always encouraged stewardship of the earth, and respect for all creatures great and small
John Clark Webb, 66, passed away on August 3, 2018. Clark shared his love for the game of golf and Crooked Lake with his family. He was a dedicated board member of the Defenders of Crooked Lake for many years and is missed dearly.