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    Washout stations are coming to California

    Lake County continues to confront quagga dilemma

    By Elizabeth Wilson -- Letters to the Editor
    Article Last Updated: 03/20/2008 11:38:28 PM PDT

    Supervisor Anthony Farrington (far left) reacts to comments by Supervisor Denise... (The Record-Bee)

    LAKE COUNTY The Board of Supervisors approved four motions to move forward with quagga mussel prevention strategies at a special meeting Thursday afternoon held at the courthouse museum.

    A full room of more than 50 attendees interacted with the Board of Supervisors during the nearly three-hour meeting, giving suggestions about how to quickly implement a complex series of 13 local action strategies the board approved at its meeting Tuesday.

    The quagga mussel is an invasive species that came to the U.S. by ship, first appearing in the Great Lakes. It came to California at least five years ago, but was first detected in Southern California in January 2007. Deputy Director of Water Resources Pam Francis said because it has been in the state that long, it is likely Clear Lake is already inoculated.

    But Francis, supervisors and citizens attending the meeting were ubiquitous that prevention and preparation methods remain of utmost importance to prevent its spread and infestation in the lake. Each mussel is capable of reproducing at a rate of 1 million offspring each year.
    "Inspection [of watercraft] is what we need to do. We could be installing one [wash station] at Hillside Honda within six weeks," Francis told the board.

    Because Lake County is part of the headwaters to the Sacramento Delta, the mussel, if it appears in the lake, could spread there with devastating results. The mollusk is costly to eradicate and clogs water intake pipes. It spreads one of two ways: by larvae called veligers floating downstream and via watercraft. The mussel can attach itself to watercraft and veligers can live in standing water found in boats' live wells or even water pooled up in collapsed inflatable kayaks or in sea plane floats.

    The money to pay for the 13 local quagga prevention methods which include a sticker program that will likely charge watercraft owners about $10 to access the lake will come from about $500,000 dollars the county earned in the sale of the dilapidated Cove Resort.

    Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Melissa Fulton, a member of a newly-appointed ad hoc quagga committee, said she is working along with many others to provide information to Francis about which businesses would be willing to participate in setting up quagga mussel wash stations for watercraft.

    Purchasing four wash stations was part of the 13 action items approved by the board Tuesday. A list of those businesses as well as the roughly 60 people in the county trained to do quagga inspection on watercraft would be available for the Board of Supervisors next Tuesday, Fulton said.

    The motions passed at Thursday's meeting include instructing county staff to immediately order four $21,646-per-unit wash stations from Hydro Engineering in Utah. They also approved a motion waiving the requirement to send out bids to other manufacturers. "The wash stations will be fabricated all at once, which takes four to six weeks and shipped to the county in three days," Francis said.

    The board also approved appointing a team of 14 to an ad hoc quagga mussel committee that meets today and will report back to the board Tuesday about details having to do with the implementation of the wash stations and a watercraft inspection and certification program. Bob White of Clear Lake Oaks, a former Napa County Supervisor and Coast Guard Auxiliary member was added to the committee.

    The fourth motion was to approve eight state-action items that were recommended to the board Tuesday by Francis but not approved at that meeting. As part of the motion, staff was directed to contact the state and California Association of Counties (CSAC) about the action iteThe newly-formed Clear Lake Foundation (CLS), a non-profit with a mission to protect Clear Lake, decided at its Wednesday meeting with CLF board member and County Supervisor Farrington to announce its interest in helping the county address the quagga. But a plan to ask for the county's financial support for CLF to hire a full-time person for the task was not voiced by any of the several members in attendance.

    Instead, supervisors acknowledged the group after Farrington in
    troduced them and said they were interested in receiving help, specifically if CLF could be a fundraising engine.

    In regards to bringing in other entities to help out with quagga prevention, Supervisor Ed Robey said there is an "issue of overburdening our staff obviously after the last meeting, this issue of potential infestation is very serious to this board and we want to deal with it as best we can."

    Speaking for CLF Board Member Valentino Jack, Sarah Ryan said, "We're interested in providing support. We have a lot of ideas and energy and we'd like to work alongside the county and help meet the deadlines that have been set."

    CLF Board Member Dr. Paul Marchand said after the meeting that the group will likely "talk about CLF's role with the Board of Supervisors" soon. Contact Elizabeth Wilson at

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    I can see the point of a wash out station and its mandatory use.

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    I just hope it doesn't create huge lines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZMANN View Post
    I just hope it doesn't create huge lines?
    I can also see how that will happen, with certainty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthAWM View Post
    I can also see how that will happen, with certainty.

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