First I want to say that I dont know lawson - never paddled there and pry never will... When I travel to paddle I go north, south, or west. If I am headin east to paddle it is east of the mississippi...
Now I have been involved with the BV park since the start and even spent some time in a excavator moving rocks around. The process of getting any spot is not that easy and takes a entire community that is dedicated to making it work.. Not many people understand how it works and even fewer understand what it takes overall to achieve what we now have in BV and Canon... Well I guess salider too
Kaleb and Mark trust me I understand your frustration but I have learned that these spots are a process and not one time line item... If your community is thinking it is = they are wrong and need to know that they will have to commit time, energy, and cold hard cash not once but every year to keep up a quality park.
Here is a quick review of the work that has been done here in bv in the last 8 or so years.. Our upper spot has gone from boon to bust more than once it did not even work at all the first year so it was changed on y2.. She was getting ready to fall in (y7) the work this winter changed it for the worse.. So another change is going to happen this fall or winter. The lower hole a few years ago was too munchy and had to be changed.. The first wave attempt did not work well - neither did the 2nd wave attempt.. The staricase wave had to be tweaked this year.. I could continue as the list goes on - what I am sayin is that these spots are a process with up years and down years. Unfortunatly it sounds like you guys hit a down year at lawson.
The only reason we have these great spots here on the Ark is the time and effort that first off Harv, then south main, and the rest of us have put into gettin it right... Many times this happens on the second or third try. The bottom wave in BV is a product of everything that has been learned about this section of river and again a big gamble on south main's part to try and make a wave..
From what I have seen if your community is commited - Harv is commited to making spots that work and will come back again and again - to make things as good as they can be with I guess you guys have 200-900 cfs in there most of the time. This process has worked well for us in BV and I trust in Harv that he will do the best that he can with what he has to work with.
I guess what I am sayin is that these spots are a process and if anyone thinks that one will work every time then you are nuts. While it may not work this year just look it as part of the process that you learned what went wrong and spend your time gettin the money to fix it.. This is what we have done in BV and it is working for us.
Good luck and as I said I know the pain of loosing your backyard spot but if you keep the faith and work the process you will again have a great spot in lawson. If all you do is bitch about the hole, dont earn any $ for tweaks, and dont foster community wide support well then you will have what you get...