Fort Worth is trying to dig Lake Worth out of a problem. The problem is having a whole lot of water in the lake but not much you can do with it for fun, like boating.
“The lake is very shallow in some places,” said Mary Gugliuzza, Communications Coordinator with Fort Worth Water Department. “And so we’re going to get it where there’s a depth of at least six feet in the main boating channels of the lake. We’re not dredging the entire lake, just selected areas.”
The business end of the dredge, called the brush, is a spinning drum with steel teeth. It churns up the bottom as it vacuums up water and mud. Another barge pumps it almost two miles through pipelines.
It ends up in the Silver Creek Materials quarry. The pipeline ends with a cascade of muddy water, plummeting into a canyon, dug out over the years by workers in search of various stone and sand. But before all the sediment winds up in the quarry, it is tested for contamination.