This is upsetting to me. The water is already low due to a summer of drought and a broken dam in the system, this can only hurt the situation. I know that in theory it should make it's way back into the water table and therefore the lake, but there’s sure to be a loss along the way.
The bored and bothered sounding man at the DEQ explained to me that there is no ordinance prohibiting this kind of pumping and therefore nothing that could be done to stop it. I persisted: “Even if the lake is IN CRISIS? Even if it is DYING? Even if the wetland habitats are being DESTROYED?” Even then.
So now I have to figure out what, if anything, I do next. Jeffrey, earnest and sure, is having difficulty accepting that someone would do something that puts others at a disadvantage unless he is a “bad guy.” I hate to have him learn already that so many people are just out to get everything that they can for themselves, and screw everyone else along the way. I have always taught my boys that if they come across a rare flower, you don’t yank it out of the ground to die in a vase on the kitchen table, you leave it there for the next person to come along and enjoy. Just because someone didn’t grow up with that lesson doesn’t necessarily make them “bad,” but I don’t want him to come out that way either.
Here’s what I have come up with so far:
1. Do nothing and stew about it.
2. Approach the owners personally and politely request that they discontinue using that new expensive pump.
3. Anonymously place a letter in their mailboxes a little less politely requesting that they discontinue the pumping.
4. Try to get my sub’s homeowner’s association to put together a letter requesting they discontinue this practice. It has no authority over them, however.
5. Petition to get pumping on small lakes for personal gain outlawed in my township. I doubt if very many people besides me would agree to this.
6. Form a lake association, and then get them to approve some bylaws that prohibit pumping. But the Crestmoor people would be voting members of it...
7. Rent out some heavy equipment and dredge out my side of the lake even deeper than his. The Herons and Cranes can go somewhere else for their fishing.
8. Build a super-long dock that stretches all the way across the lake to his side, and launch boats from there. Just a few cost and engineering issues to overcome.
9. Put up my own pump, with a pipe that stretches all the way to his side, that puts the water back by me.
Unfortunately, there are flaws in all of the above. Suggestions?