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Photographer Doug Clifford captures the beauty of Lake Seminole in advance of a major dredging project

Despite the expenditure of more than $30 million over nearly two decades, improved water quality in Lake Seminole remains elusive. The muck that lines the bottom of the 684-acre freshwater lake keeps accumulating while the cost to remove it keeps rising. Having exhausted less drastic methods for restoring the lake, the county is about to embark on a six-year dredging project expected to cost $18.6 million. Below are current scenes from the lake as the time nears for the beginning of the project.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

From left: Josh Steip, Michelle Steip and Ryan Steip, (all) of Ontario, Canada, embark on a tubing trip on Wednesday (8/23/17) on Lake Seminole from Lake Seminole County Park in Seminole.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Apple snail shells lay on the southern shore of Lake Seminole on Wednesday (8/23/17) in Seminole.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Ryan Steip, of Ontario, Canada, is pulled through the southern end of Lake Seminole during a tubing trip on Wednesday (8/23/17) in Seminole.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

A juvenile common gallinule feeds on the southern shore of Lake Seminole on Wednesday (8/23/17) in Seminole.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Despite the expenditure of more than $30 million over nearly two decades, improved water quality in Lake Seminole remains elusive. The muck that lines the bottom of the 684-acre freshwater lake keeps accumulating while the cost to remove it keeps rising. Having exhausted less drastic methods for restoring the lake, the county is about to embark on a six-year dredging project expected to cost $18.6 million.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

A weir provides a barrier on Wednesday (8/23/17) across a portion of the southern end of Lake Seminole. The structure alters the flow of the water resulting in a change in the vertical height of the lake's water level.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

A snowy egret feeds in water as it spills over a weir on Wednesday (8/23/17) across a portion of the southern end of Lake Seminole. the structure alters the flow of the water resulting in a change in the vertical height of the lake's water level.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

A dragonfly rests on vegetation at the shore of Lake Seminole on Wednesday (8/23/17).

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

A red-winged blackbird rests on vegetation at the shore of Lake Seminole on Wednesday (8/23/17).

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Photographer Doug Clifford captures the beauty of Lake Seminole in advance of a major dredging project