By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — For the first time in three years, boaters will enjoy a full season on Lake Augusta, state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver and former park manager Frank Nanna announced Thursday evening in front of a crowd of Susquehanna River and Shikellamy State Park enthusiasts.
“I am so happy for this,” said Culver, R-108 of Sunbury. “I am happy for all of my boaters. To own a boat is an investment, and I am happy that this year people will get the most out of their investment.”
The past two seasons have been shortened because of inclement weather and maintenance on the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam.
“Everything is right on track,” Nanna told the crowd. “We are all very excited.”
After the long-awaited ribbon-cutting of the Sunbury Riverfront Project late last summer, fans of the Susquehanna River were able to use the new boat docks for about five days. Then the docks were shut down during a $500,000 project to replace one of the seven bags that create the Fabridam.
The Fabridam is inflated each summer, creating the 3,000-acre Lake Augusta on the Susquehanna River. When the dam is inflated, the river depth increases to as much as 10 feet at Sunbury. The lake stretches as far north as Winfield.
In the early 1980s, Nanna said all seven bags were replaced, and only three of those bags are left. Two were replaced in 2000 and two in 2007, Nanna said.
Nanna said inflation of the dam, a two-week project, began on April 26.
“On May 13, the marina docks will be in, and by Memorial Day weekend, people will be out enjoying the river,” he said.
Said Culver: “We are blessed to have this river. We are blessed to have the Fabridam, and I am pleased to announce this season will be a full session.”