Once again, a nesting pair of bald eagles has forced the temporary closure of part of the Longview Lake.

Once again, a nesting pair of bald eagles has forced the temporary closure of part of the Longview Lake.

The  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing the Mouse Creek arm of the lake from April 1 through the end of July.  The idea is to spare the birds some disturbance as they raise their young.  The Corps did the same thing last spring. The area has been marked off with white buoys that say, in red letters, “Boats – Keep Out.”

The Corps says the steps are necessary under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and the Corps points out that a violation of that law can lead to a fine of up to $100,000, a year in prison or both for a first offense. The penalties are more severe for additonal violations, and a second violation is considered a felony.