After some trouble Monday removing a steel plate from the drawdown pipe at Lake Geode on Monday, divers successfully dislodged the plate and began the process Tuesday of draining the lake.

The divers removed mud and debris from in front of the plate, and no torching was necessary.

Lake Geode should be empty within two to three months, in order to begin in-lake work on the lake restoration project.

By Julia Mericle

The Hawk Eye