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May 2, 2001

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Environmental News Wednesday, May 2, 2001 EA i e atilsen began his ;0a. on the pike, ell, Water services for the De artment t L esourceP(DwR), SUbdivision, de- ae Pretty grim news II f Snowfall this past seen in the re- ring run-off, caus- al. ater level in Lake dOWn seven and from the spill, ac- 11r Well the lake is low, it of !ow as it was when al"t Oegan in 1997," he Planned to reduce '* la the lake from 15 down to second May 1. F' tl llh remain at that ..,| gh the rest of the I i Photo by Terri Nacar Ivan Paulsen, Fish and Game's senior fisheries biologist stationed in Portola, presented an overview of what the department and the Lake Davis Task Force Steering Committee have done to keep the northern pike population down. His presentation was made during the Lake Davis Coalition meeting Monday, April 23. year, according to Howell. the DFG. All of those will continue to "Hopefully we will have Together, the members of be used throughout this year, more snow next winter and the the steering committee devised according to Paulsen. lake's level will be back to nor- a plan which focused on con- The steering committee has real," he said. trol and containment of thecontracted with Blankinship & Paulsen's presentation gave pike, while safe eradication Associates, through a competi. an overview of the northern was researched, tire process, to complete a Cal- pike management plan, which That plan included the use of ifornia Environmental Quality has been in effect since last electrofishing, block nets, trap Act (CEQA) document on the year and was developed by the nets, commercial netting, useofdetonation cord. Lake Davis Task Force Steer- studying habitat through the Mike Blankinship guided ing Committee, made up of citY use of radio transmitters at- those present through the CE- officials, county officials, Lake tached to a sampling of pike, Davis Coalition members and and other such methods. i QA process, step-by-step, leave residues. The company will spend the Abbott said the pressure next few months researchingwave created by the explosion detonation cords and their ira- will kill all fish, small mum- pacts upon air and water quali- reals and insects which carry ty, biological resources, cultur- air bubbles. al resources, geology and soils, Unfortunately, trout will al- noise, recreation, transporta- so be killed if detonation cord tion and traffic, utilities, haz- is used; however, Paulsen said ards and hazardous materials, the trout would be replaced to and cumulative impacts, help maintain the premier After the research is cam- trout fishery at Lake Davis. plete, a draft CEQA document In any event, Paulsen said will be written for public re- the detonation cord option view. would not be done for at least Two public hearings will beanother year. held and Blankinship said pub- One resident asked why the lic comment will be added to DFG wasn't lookipg at drain- the draft copy. ing the lake as an option for A final copy will then be pre- eradicating the pike. sented, recommending, or ad- Paulsen said to drain the vising against, the use of deto- lake completely would take nation cord. more than one year, probably In addition to Blankinship,two. Bud Abbott and Anne Flan- After all the pike are re- nery who will work on the pro- moved and the lake cleaned, it ject, assured those present that would have to be ref'flled. all aspects will be considered Refilling the lake would take and their evaluation of the im- at least two to three years, un- pact of using detonation cord less there was a drought situa- will be thorough, rich, which would extend that Abbott said their minds have time and could end up taking not yet been made up as to 10 years to refill. whether or not detonation cord "I personally would not want should be used. to recommend that; it would be "We are keeping an open economically devastating for mind and if it turns out that the community," said Paulsen. detonation cord is not the way The steering committee and to go, we will recommend the DFG will continue to keep against it," said Abbott. the community informed by However, both are familiar updating the DFG Web site, with detonation cord and have and the semiannual newslet. used it before, ter, speaking to community Abbott said, from the re- groups who are interested in search they have gathered and learning what is taking place, their own personal knowledge, and by holding periodic Lake detonation cord uses a nitrate Davis Coalition meeting. based compound that won't fighters. By Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Chester Fire District Chief Jay Neuman was on vacation during the district board meet- ing held April 25, but before he left, he mentioned a concern to merit, persona] protective be discussed by the board: the l Ottol This assistance will be equipment, or fire prevention pollutive effects of burn bar- that continues to allow burn Fire Depart- awarded to local fire depart- programs, rels. barreluse. i : ce]ve some unex- ments on a competitive basis, City Administrator Jim Speaking for Neuman, Con- Waddell agreed to investi- b" e rlce, which willwith a $750,000 limit in federal Murphy said the city will nie Waddell explained that the gate the accuracy of this claim tilden, uepartment's ca- funds that may be awarded write the grant for two cute- P I little cost to the this year to any applicant. "" ' - m --- -,,..- Ai'- The evaluation of the appli- gorieS,ing equipment, vehicles and fire fight- l'ty council 4irect- The t:L nts to t urchase a apply for fire engine simila t the one F ' med to asslst'10caI nafl t I t e"dr't , nd*ben ' the city recently purchased ec .ts. to be derived from, the grant and a utility vehicle for the '.UCil approved a funds, rares thefire chief. l)lication up to The application req " Murphy said he would also approved the use city to answer a series of gen- like !o exchange the depart- to the amount eral questions, one of which ment s aging pagers, air packs II be used as the involves the various cute- and one-channel vehicle ra- | -'" atch for the gories of assistance available dios. :E 00 under the grant program. 1 appropriation, Fire departments may apply ave the Federal L llcy for no more than two of the six Management eligible categories which are: ) the authority training, wellness/fitness, ve- | " aSSistance to fire- hicles, fire fighting equip- of Californiagrants of up to $1,500.. programs are chief had attended a recent air and to have more information quality meeting and learned for the board's next scheduled that burn barrels are even meeting onMay23. more pollutive than conven- The board members all as- tional open burning piles, sented that, with the limited According to information information presented to them left by Neuman, Chester Fire at the time, it seemed banning is the only district in the basin burn barrels would be proba- ble and in the best interest of air quality. all Linda Allen 283-1893 Plumas Pines Shopping Center s 283-2320 II II IIII --/2"- 2 o/