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I tetin County News Wednesday, Nov. 21,2001 13A I Department and Game (DFG) is Rs promise to keep informed, but the what most locals PUblic meeting held Nov. 13, DFG re- the handful of peG- up, that the of pike being caught began in 234 pike were the DFG and at and reporting more than 600 as of this month, has exceeded 5,000 majority of which year. senior fish- and project di- the DFG, said the Years of monitor- that the majority activity at in shallow ar- :the northwest end in late March to during or imme- ice-out. at Lake Davis the pike are at two years they are about he said. measurements pike indicate number of eggs in on the order of pound of body Pike typically scat- widely over a generally on flood- or in the very Vegetated edges of for about 12 weeks and when hatch, less an inch long, they Underwater vege- a spot between this for five to 12 swim to the sur- air bladders, l)oint they become said , as of this La Sierra lanes Eric R. Harrison Arline Harrison Laura Foster Miriam Bass Rusty Warren's Marty McOacken Carol Merritt E! Torito Lovo John Cunningham Papa Murphy's Joan Landreth month, northern pike were found most frequently in the shallow coves along the northwestern lake shore, in- cluding Mosquito Slough and the Freeman and Cow Creek Cove areas. "Although pike seem to be most numerous in these ar- eas, they have been caught in areas all around the lake and radiotelemetry data collected during the spring and sum- mer indicate that they are oc- cupying areas less than 15 feet deep," he said. Paulsen said the methods being used and the detona- tion cord being proposed will not rid the lake of northern pike. "The purpose is to hold the population down until a safe way of eradicating them can be found," he said. Detonation cord is one of the methods for controlling the pike population in Lake Davis, identified by the DFG and the Lake Davis Task Force Steering Committee in the northern pike manage- ment plan. Other methods, such as electrofishing and gill-net- ting, are already being used. DFG is considering using detonation cord in a 1-acre area in Mosquito Slough dur- hag spring spawning, to eval- uate its effectiveness in re- ducing the number of north- ern pike in Lake Davis. Data would be collected on the kill radius, fish densities, water quality and noise and ff the tests show that further use of the detonation cord would be feasible and effec- tive, a second phase would be implemented. That phase would be a se- ries of up to six separate shots, varying in size from 1 to 10 acres, totaling up to 60 acres during April and May. Bob Snyderl explosives ex- pert with the DFG, explained that detonation cord is a type of explosive manufactured in the form of a flexible cord and is about as thick as a pen- cil, wrapped on spools. An explosive core of pen- taerythritol tertranitrate is wrapped in a polypropylene and cellulose casing with PrQIIminary Sampling Results for lake Davis, Year 2001" Imam ; Jane Da.n Debe Burns Jennifer Holt Dedra O'Bryant elm ~ Zn~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Zlmtt $0 45 "ThUm mml~ eul~ ~TOIW mmji 8304 ~470..,d 71 io rlvTJ;ll 212@ ~ Vm mwlmmN the m nummmD of ~ at ~ m c~ug~ ~ ~dl W comlWm~ ~JI r, oelham lelhe ~ Ogljr ~ P4~ rmurnqm~ to Imlxe. about 1,000 feet of 50-grain detonation cord being used per acre of lake. When initiated with a blasting cap, the detonation cord explodes along its length at a speed of about 23,000 feet per second. "The detonation produces shock waves in the water which cause a rapid increase and decrease in pressure ex- perienced by the fish. This rapid change in pressure is usually what kills the fish, by damaging the air bladder," he said. Julie Cunningham, envi- ronmental specialist with the DFG, explained that the cord would be laid out by divers midway into the water col- unto using a system of stakes, floats and weights according to a pattern to be developed by the blasting operator. To keep everyone safe, the project area would be blocked off with a clearly marked line of buoys and patrolled by DFG or Plumas County law enforcement staff. Cunningham said recre- ational use of the boat launching facility would be suspended during set up and detonation of the cord and immediately following; cleanup crews would collect the majority of fish, which would be disposed of proper- ly through arrangements with a sanitary landfill. "We might leave some of the dead fish behind as they would be easy pickings for the bald eagle and osprey in the area," she said. Cunningham said the pro- DuPont Power Tool Rick van Bergen Elaine P. Mills Rose Marie Heater Quincy Lumber Frank Wallace ject is still undergoing a re- view and a final decision on whether to proceed with the use of detonation cord will be made early next y6ar. An initial study is current- ly being completed by the en- CATCH THE BOY SCOUTS Crescent Tow 283-2224 or 1-800-578-1924 QUincy Tow Service & Repair 283-1162 "Local People Serving Local Needs "" 283-6800. 283-1000 283-2929 Quincy Moving 283-0233 Second Time Around Fumlshlngs 283-5643 vironmental consulting firm Blankinship & Associates, lo- cated in Davis. One of the results of the ne- gotiations with the state fol- lowing the poisoning of Lake Davis stated that all future environmental impact re- ports would be conducted by an outside firm. Cunningham said that, by law, several categories of po- tential environmental im- pacts need to be examined in the document being prepared by Blankinship & Associates. Categories that are particu- larly important for this pro- ject include: fish and wfldlie, soil and geology, recreation, and water and hydrology. "When the document be- comes available, probably in January, there will be a 30- day public review period, in- cluding at least one public OF AMERICA We deliver Boarding Kennels Athletic Club DRUG STORE 11175 283-0480 Plumas Motor Supply 283-2350 283-1 Quincy hearing. If it is determined that there are no significant impacts that cannot be miti- gated, a negative declaration would be prepared for the project," said Cunningham. Paulsen added that if there were to be an overwhelming outcry in opposition to the project, it probably would not go forward. In addition to the public's comments, the DFG will also be coordinating with the fol- lowing agencies in order to ensure that all required per- mits and approvals are ob- tained: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Cali- fornia Department of Health Services, Northern Sierra Air Quality Management Dis- trict, Plumas County and the city of Portola. 284-6779 Gregory Sawye~ DDS Family Dentistry at Orthodontics (B30) 283-281 ! Pax (530) 283-9142 Gina Plumas County Drug and Alcohol 283-6316 Madden Plumbing Heating & Sheet Metal. 283-1605 Kimble Photography 283-0800