CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – Construction crews throughout the Heartland were taking advantage of the dry climate on Monday, May 6, to catch up.
It’s been a very moist 2019 so far, which has delayed many tasks, including several in Cape Girardeau.
Renovations to Capaha Field for the approaching inaugural season of the Cape Catfish baseball team have been at a stand nonetheless on rainy days.
But while it drys out, a workforce with Penzel Construction Company says they’re bringing in an extra crew and are operating longer days to meet the June four cut-off date of the home opener.
Mud and status water have been ongoing problems given that a lake turned into a drained ultimate summer on the Cape Girardeau County Park South Park off Kingshighway.
Christopher Kennedy with the Missouri Department of Conservation is supervising a fish habitat construction venture there and says they want a stretch of dry weather to finish it up.
“We’ll do all we can to get the catch basin as dry as possible. The fact is we, in all likelihood, get it all dry,” Kennedy stated. “We can’t control the climate; however, we recognize trying to work with it the best we can.”
Kennedy says the fringe of the lake has come an extended way with the introduction of fishing jetties and a layer of rock to reduce erosion.
But he says the wet climate this Winter and Spring has been preventing crews from using the heavy device in the capture basin for months.
“We’ve been given a chunk of dust work to do,” Kennedy said. “If you saw the basin before all the flowers grew up, you would’ve probably noticed it turned into very flat. Fish like variety, so we must create extra natural searching channels through the lake.”
One silver lining is that the wild plants grown in the middle of the lake could stay because Kennedy says it offers extra food for the fish and facilitates filtering our water consumption.
“These regions that preserve water, yes, appear unpleasant at instances, and you can come round them and discover the mosquitoes,” Kennedy said. “But these sorts of habitats provide a plethora of advantages. Not most effective for the environment and the critters I manipulate; however, to us people, it’s where our floor water is being purified and recharged.”
Kennedy hopes the whole undertaking at South County Park is finished by the end of Summer or early Fall this 12 months.
At that factor, it will also have a walking path around the complete lake to eventually be stocked with fish like bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish, and, in all likelihood, even trout for the wintertime.