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Lake Anne Yields 'Lost Treasures'
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Lake Anne Yields 'Lost Treasures'

RESTON, Va. -- You have to wonder how some things end up in certain places.  Take for example, the odd assortment of items that found their way to the bottom of Lake Anne.  A statue of Buddha, a small cannon, a 1966 license plate, a lantern, a Dell laptop, a dog toy and the frame of a Kawasaki motorcycle were discovered when Reston’s oldest lake was lowered in order to make repairs to the concrete spillway.  See all the photos.

Brian Petty, Reston Association Watershed Specialist found the items.

“As I surveyed the exposed lake bottom on foot, I found interesting lost treasures. Some items are quite old,” Petty said. 

He cleaned them as best he could and took some pictures.  Petty also found an assortment of what appeared to be bowls and flower vases.

Lake Anne’s water lever was lowered at least two feet to permit repairs and sealing of the concrete spillway riser located near Wiehle Avenue. 

Over the years, Reston Association’s watershed team has found other items, said Nicki Bellezza, Watershed Supervisor. She said most are not in good condition so they are disposed of properly.  She said Brian Petty’s finds are “rare.”

“During the lake cleanup we found a whole roll of carpet, lawn furniture, sunglasses and other small items, “Bellezza said. “We found many manhole covers spread about the bottom of Lake Audubon when it was lowered in 2008.”

Bellezza said Fairfax County sent a crew to pick up the manhole covers. She added that most “found” items are in poor condition.

She encourages residents to put phone numbers or other identifying information onto large items, such as boats, so they can be returned. If a resident thinks an item is theirs, they should contact Reston Association Central Services Facility at 703-437-7658.

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