While Sandy Springs and the city of Atlanta decide how to fix the shaky Lake Forrest Dam, officials have lowered the lake’s level and will start removing fish with a large boat.

Consultants also proposed creating a 2-acre water detention area with a 10-foot-high concrete wall to prevent floods, city attorney Wendell Willard told Sandy Springs City Council on July 7. He added that he does not like that idea, particularly at this early stage where the extent of needed repairs is unclear.

Meanwhile, officials need to cut down some trees near the dam to lower a large boat into the lake. The boat will be used to remove as many fish as possible—they will be kept alive and placed in some other body of water—so the lake can be drained for examination and repairs.

–John Ruch