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Timeline Announced for Lake Coyler Dam Reconstruction

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced the lake will be drained later this summer and the dam reconstruction project will begin in September.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced the lake will be drained later this summer and the dam reconstruction project will begin in September. Most people are happy with the progress but some residents remain concerned that the lake will be empty.

"If is doesn't need done, they shouldn't do it," says Mark Strine, a resident living near the lake.  He says some of his best memories, like fishing with his best friend and canoing with his nephew, were made at Lake Coyler.  He is uncertain what the future holds.

"It's always those stories, you had to be there to get it, and all those are going to be gone for the future," says Strine.  "It'll be hard to describe what it was at one point."

Tom Kistler says he is happy with the reconstruction progress so far and he is looking forward to the future. 

"We can do more," says Kistler, who is the president of Save Coyler Lake Inc. "We can make this better.  We can have amenities at Coyler that we've never had before."

Kistler says some of the amenities include picnic tables, hiking trails and enhancing the aquatic life in the lake.

"I think the fishing isn't as strong as it could be because the P.H.  in the water is changed," says Kistler.  "In a year, it is going to be perfect."

Kistler says it is necessary to drain the lake while crew work on reconstructing the dam.  With the current timeline, Kistler expects Lake Coyler to reopen in Fall 2015. 
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