MEADVILLE, Pa.—The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved an $11.9 million grant to eventually fix the leaking dam at Tamarack Lake in northwestern Pennsylvania, and nearly $9 million more to upgrade the control tower, dam and roads at Pymatuning (py-muh-TOON'-ing) State Park.

Five feet of water was drained from Tamarack Lake when the problems were first detected last November and another five feet of water was drained to lower the lake this summer until the earthen dam can be fixed over the next several years. Much of the 562-acre basin some 90 miles north of Pittsburgh remains dry or muddy.

The $8.8 million grant at Pymatuning will help improve the spillway, which is a tourist attracting because carp throng so thickly to be fed by bread-throwing spectators that ducks can walk across the water on the fish.