Here is a call for volunteers to help. Milfoil is taking over Martis Lake which was once a renowned Trout fishery (until golf courses and other human development came along). NOTE: You need to RSVP. If you help, let Cindy Charles know since you will earn a GWWF Conservation pin for 2010.
From Park Ranger Jacqui Zink:
"We are finally moving forward with the milfoil removal project. We have had several hurdles to get over and I believe we have what we need in place to do the first barrier installment. This project will be ongoing, so anyone who wants to help and can’t make it this phase, can always help next year when we move the barriers to the next spot.
"The project will involve assembling the barriers on shore and then laying the barriers around the shoreline. We are not doing any diving to start, so will be going along the shore to start with. We need 15-20 volunteers at the most.
WHEN: Sunday, October 3, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Martis Creek Lake, peninsula at mid lake – Registration will be at the picnic table by the bulletin board.
HOW: Hwy 267, first left south of Truckee Tahoe airport, follow sign to Sierra View Day Use area
WHAT: Lay 10x10 foot landscape barriers in the lake to kill Eurasian milfoil (starves them of UV light)
WHY: Milfoil raises water temperature, affects fishery habitat, reduces oxygen levels in the water and can interfere with water treatment plants.
WHAT TO WEAR: Hat, sunscreen, life jackets for volunteers 12 and under, waders if you have them or water shoes (no bare feet), water bottles (we will have water for your bottles). Chairs for the BBQ after.
Barbeque after the project in the campground.
PLEASE RSVP SO WE KNOW HOW MANY TO PLAN FOR.
Thanks to the Truckee River Fund and the Community Foundation of Western Nevada for grant funding to accomplish this project! Hope to see you there. Should be a fun and productive day!"
US Army Corps of Engineers
Martis Creek Lake
office: 530 587-8113, mobile: 530 308-2117, fax: 530 587-8623