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~L4A Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 County News Feathe'i i m i l By Teed Daogst Ralph Howell, supervisor P0rtola Editor for the Department of Water The Lake Davis Coalition Resources and member of the meeting Monday, Oct. 8, steering committee, said packed city hall with about 35 lake ,received little people, most concerned with this past spring and with the reports of the Lake Davis evaporation which occurs Task Force Steering Commit- during the summer months, tee's decision to considerthe lake is currently down draining Lake Davis to eradi- 11.5 feet from the spill. cate the northern pike. The total capacity of Lake The coalition meeting was Davis is 84,000 acre feet. It one of four promised to resi- was 48,000 acre feet at the dents each year, to keep them time the lake was poisoned, informed about what the and currently, it stands at steering committee is doing, 45,012 acre feet. what it is studying, and its Roudebush said because status with pike control, the lake is so low already, the Coalition chair Fran committee thought it would Roudebush addressed the is- be a good time to study the sue of draining the lake, as feasibility of draining the soon as the meeting began,lake. "Rumors that the steering Ivan Paulsen, senior biolo- committee is recommending gist for DFG, said his field draining Lake Davis are not team has completed its sec- true; that is not what we are ond full season using the recommending," she said. methods decided upon in the Roudebush said the com- Y2000 plan. mittee is using the Y2000 During the first year, the Northern Pike Management team caught 605 pike, using Plan and studying all of the gill nets, trapping and elec- suggestions which have been troshocking. proposed. This year that number Draining the lake was one jumped to 4,500. of the suggestions made bYPaulsen said the pike in the public, and the committee Lake Davis are spawning is in the beginning stages of when they reach two years. looking at that solution. Last year, the fish they "There are a lot of thingswere catching, were from the that have to be looked at be- 1997 and 1998 brood years. fore we recommend any- This year, they added those thing," she said. from the brood year 1999, One of those is examining and, with each adult female the wells around Lake Davis laying about 10,000 eggs per and determining ff they are pound of body weight, connected to the lake's water Pauisen said the numbers be- table, ing caught will probably rise In the environmental re- dramatically next year. port issued by the Depart-However, Paulsen said he. ment offish and Game (DFG)feels his team has been suc- before poisoning Lake Davis cessful, and that the 100 adult in 1997, it had been deter- pike caught this year will re- mined that the wells were not duce the numbers by hun- connected to the lake. dreds of thousands. However, local, residents This year, and for the next disagreed with that report, two years, commercial purse and this year, several of the seining has been added to the wells' water levels lowered as bag of tools being used by the lake lowered. : .... DFG. Photo by Terri Daoust Sara Bensinger, Fran Roudebush and Ivan Paulsen are. members of the Lake Davis Task Force Steering Committee. They, along with other members of the steering com- mittee and members of the Lake Davis Coalition, met with the public Monday, Oct. 8. The purpose of the meeting was to update the public on what has happened, is halP pening and will happen in the next few months as it pertains to the control and man- ngement of the northern pike in Lake Davis. "These methods were nev- all organisms with an air City Administrator Jim er meant to eradicate the bladder within a certain ra- Murphy said that this past northern pike, but to control dius. summer the water supply in their population while the "Unfortunately, this tool Portola was adequate, with search for the silver bullet will kill all fish within the the city currently using Wil- continues," he said. area making it necessary for low Springs, the corporation Plumas County Supervisor us to plant more trout. How- yard well, and the Commer- B. J. Pearson, questioned the ever, it will probably kill cial Street well, which was cost effectiveness of the more pike than any of the put on-line after the poison- methods being used. other tools we're using," she ing of Lake Davis. Paulsen admitted that the said. Murphy said the city has costs stand at $300 a fish, but In studying the use of deto- two water storage tanks, a added that the cost was re- nation cord, Cunningham million gallon tank and a duced this year by almost said Lawrence Livermore 750,000 gallon tank. $700 a fish. Laboratories were contracted The challenge is to keep The steering committee is to conduct the effects on wa- those backup water tanks full currently completing its fea- ter quality, and those reports during peak usage. sibility study on the use of have just been submitted to It is general practice to detonation cord, hoping that the steering committee, have an additional supply adding this method will help "All of this analysis will be bigger than your largest sup- reduce the population even wound up into what is called ply, in case one of the water further, an initial study report which supplies goes out, and, ac- Julie Cunningham, envi- is being done by an outside cording to Murphy the city ronmental specialist with consultant," she said. does not currently have one. DFG, said the cord is about One of the big issues for Lake Davis had been used the thickness of a pencil, those living in Portola isfor that purpose in the past. filled with explosives, and whether the city will return "The bigger issue is the laid halfway between the lake to Lake Davis as a water sup- plans the city has for develop- bottom and the surface, ply and when. ment, which have been put Using a standard blasting cap, the explosion creates a pressure wave which will kill lib on hold tmtil the can establish system or we Davis and establishJ ter," he said. Murphy said working with J. Pearson re county's plans for the treatment plant The city council that it Davis water until ment plant has ed. Pearson said three months ago, of supervisors sue bond grade the thinking that it simple task. "The latest ure we have for the treatment million," he said. Pearson said the matching sary-and if it ffmancing, it will of-the-art facility supply water to and potential future If all goes well, said the plant could by the year 2003. "We have ing a portable although very utilized in an the city found it back on Lake he said. "My position as is to never force the Portola back on water unless they That was and it will position," he said. He said a would give Portol drinking water in but realizes that still leery about Lake Davis. An Evening of Well-Being Great Northe Hair CO:":' Tues., Oct. 23 7 - 9 pm Featuring Stevani Rast an MFT who practices privately in Portola. Also: Jan Harston - Massage JoAnn Prince - Touch Therapy Leslie Mikesell - Benefits to Movement WOMEN ONLY NO COST Wear super casual clothing for maximum comfort. 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"This is a disappointing recommendation for me to make," Williams told the PUSD Superintendent board. "It is difficult for our students to attend driving classes in Chico or Redding or Red Bluff." Students must have six hours of behind-the-wheel driving time before they can get a driver's license. If the school doesn't offer a pro- gram, then students must pay a private driving school. School board members are hopeful that driving schools will see an opportunity, and offer classes locally. This has already been occurring in Quincy through a driving school based out of Chico. The driving both the drivers' portion (the ing) and the time. Plumas Unified mirrors those by other school cording to a survey nearby districts, fers the program, off-duty teacher to the training. Williams said the school continued the cause of the cost. School board Jonathan Kusel that the school flier home to notify and parents of the cy, and to include vate driving tives. 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