Water testing of a sample from the shoreline along Island Drive near the Clearlake Oaks county boat launch has detected levels of a cyanotoxin considered unsafe for recreation. The sample was collected on August 29 and the elevated level on a screening test led to further laboratory analysis demonstrating 46 micrograms per liter of microcystin. The level exceeds the “danger” trigger of 20 micrograms per liter established in statewide guidelines for recreational water safety.
Clear Lake is suffering the effects of a second fish kill, this time off the shores of Lakeport. This is most likely the consequence of nutrients, cyanobacteria and warm water temperatures adversely affecting water quality, primarily dissolved oxygen. Just like people, fish rely on oxygen to breathe and process nutrients in their bodies. Warm water fish such as those living in Clear Lake need to have about 5 parts per million (ppm) dissolved oxygen to thrive.
District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon Maps Valley Fire Recovery
Lake County residents know well and continue to respond to consequences of the devastation of 2015’s Valley Fire. The journey to full recovery is long, and will continue for years to come.
Even prior to being elected District 1 Supervisor, Moke Simon stood alongside Valley Fire survivors, encouraging them to fight back and to rebuild.
After nearly 4 years of uncertainty, the Lake County Board of Supervisors has reluctantly settled the lawsuit brought against the County by the Lakeside Heights Homeowners. The Lakeside Heights Homeowners Association, together with property owners, filed the suit in November 2013, alleging that the County’s infrastructure was the cause of the known landslide in the area.
With warm weather in the forecast and recreational water sports gearing up, health and water resource officials across the state are reminding the public to be mindful of harmful algal blooms (HAB) in lakes, streams and reservoirs, and to keep children and pets away from these HABs if they see one.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether it is safe to swim in Clear Lake. There are two issues involved in the discussion. The first is the use of herbicides to control nuisance aquatic vegetation. From the County’s perspective and based on the environmental documentation prepared for the aquatic weed control program, the herbicides do not adversely affect the water for swimming. Tribal environmental offices may differ in their opinion of the program, but the County’s position is that the areas treated with the herbicides are safe for swimming.
In order to support beneficial uses of Clear Lake, the Lake County Department of Water Resources is providing defined areas around the lake free of noxious plants.
What might have caused the recent appearance of dead fish along the shore of Clear Lake?
District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele will hold a meeting to discuss the make up of and process for establishing the West Region Town Hall (WRTH), an advisory council to the Board of Supervisors. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24 @ 6:00 pm at the Bachelor Valley Grange located on 9355 Government Street in Upper Lake.
In partnership with the Cities of Lakeport and Clearlake, the County of Lake will soon begin removing abandoned vehicles, through a joint powers agreement called the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) Service Authority. The AVA Commission is authorized by sections 22710 and 9250.7 of the California Vehicle Code, and members of the Clearlake and Lakeport City Councils and the Lake County Board of Supervisors serve as commissioners.
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