He also does a little fishing on his lake, pulling in a few crappie, bluegill and bass.
He doesn't know how long that will last because his lake is losing water, fast.
His spring-fed lake, which once was 34 feet
deep, is shrinking.
Gaskill blames a new development less than a mile from his home on
The water was drained to allow massive sewers to be constructed in front of the new Meijer store just east of Interstate 94. Now, more pumping is being conducted as sewer lines are being laid to the west of the store. Officials said the construction will last another three weeks.
Mike Tomassi, an inspector with the Macomb County Public Works Commission, said the sewer line is being laid 35 feet below the ground. He said work crews must pump and drain the water so that the sides of the huge hole don't collapse during construction.
"We're about 300 feet from finishing the (sewer) project," Tomassi said.
There are 70-plus wells on the Meijer property that remove the water when the table gets too high. The wells act as sump pumps.
Gaskill said he doesn't want to stand in the way of progress, but that progress should not inconvenience him or his neighbors.
"I had no idea
when they started building the Meijer store on the other side of the freeway
that would affect us on this side," said Gaskill. "
Several people have
already lost their well water. At least one has been hooked up to the
Jim Paisley, who lives on the north side of the lake, said one homeowner is pumping mud instead of the crystal clear water that he once did.
Both Gaskill and
"My lake is so low that the water is much warmer than it should be," said Gaskill. "I'm afraid that all of the fish that I planted here over the last 20 years will die because the water is too warm."
Gaskill said he spoke
with a representative of the Macomb County Road Commission last week and was
told that many of the residents will be hooked up to the
"I don't know where to turn to," Gaskill said.
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