Reporter Mark Johnson has managed to capture the human angle beautifully in the continuing Lake O’Neal saga in the October 20 edition of the Petoskey News-Review. The front page story can be read in its entirety here. While the clock is ticking, the DNR continues to deliberate over whether to fix the dam, or more accurately, fill in the soil that washed out on one side of the dam. The structure itself, as told to me by biologist Brian Mastenbrook, is undamaged. What is important is that this pristine lake (what’s left of it) is one of very few of its kind left in Michigan, and there is no earthly reason to let it die, and every good reason to simply fill in the eroded soil, re-install the boards in the dam, and let it fill back up. If left as is, all the fish will likely die over winter and the loons will abandon the lake upon their return next spring. This is an entirely unnecessary disaster that can’t wait to be remedied.