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‘Dozer’ finds a home: Turtle re-homed during lake sediment-removal project

Posted: Friday, Nov 22nd, 2013

Atascadero News photo courtesy of Mike Hill, of the firm Althouse & Meade A three-toed box turtle found during the recent dredging of the Atascadero Lake lakebed was nicknamed Dozer. Three-toed box turtles are not native to this area and are normally found from eastern Texas to the northern edge of the Florida panhandle and as far north as Kansas and Missouri.

ATASCADERO — The City of Atascadero issued a press release earlier this week announcing that a project to dredge Atascadero Lake has been completed with a total of 10,000 cubic yards of sediment being removed.

Viborg Construction, of Paso Robles, along with several local trucking companies increased the depth of the south end of the lake from one foot to four feet, removing nutrient-rich soils that contribute to heavy algae blooms during the summer months, which were responsible for a recent fish die-off.

For the complete article see the 11-22-2013 issue.

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