Dateline: Whidbey Island, Lone Lake update

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  1. Tom Hawkins

    Tom Hawkins Newbie is fine w/me, I havent been FFing too long

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    Lone Lk Update Mtg of Sept 29, 2004
    Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club meeting, Sept 29, 2004, at the Race Road
    Fire House, on Whidbey Island.
    Guests and attendees included:
    Susan Horton, Director, Island County Noxious Weed Control
    Pat Clark, Lone Lake Homeowners Assn (LLHA)
    Jan Clark, LLHA
    Jeanne Schick, LLHA
    Zeke Zardeskas, Fidalgo Fly Fishers
    Frank Dost, Whidbey Fishin' Club
    Dale Dennis, Evergreen Fly Fishing Club
    Jim McRoberts, Washington Fly Fishing Club
    Gordon McKay, Washington State Council, Federation of Fly Fishers
    Baert Simmons, North West Fly Fishing Club
    members of The Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club
    -Lone Lake Homeowners Assn is comprised of 44 property owners on the lake
    plus a small number of surrounding developments that also have a vested
    significant interest in Lone Lake, is not a tax district, and therefore has
    no political significance.
    -Susan Horton provided a very informative, concise, and indepth slide
    assessment of the situation, coupled with a time line from discovery of the
    problem up until the present date. The information was presented in a
    discussion/question/answer format, and was informal and comfortable.
    Points of context:
    -Brazilian Elodea (BE) was discovered in the lake about 1996. It is
    considered a class B noxious weed; ie, hard to control, extremely invasive,
    very destructive, and when infected, a lake's habitability declines
    drastically.
    -Although the source of contamination has not been pinned down, it is
    suspected that the original contamination might be the result of someone
    emptying a fish aquarium into the lake, or of it's hitch-hiking to the lake
    on someone's boat trailer - not as likely, but anglers should be advised of
    this possibility.
    Actions:
    -Homeowners privately, tried various methods to eradicate but to no avail,
    and in 2003 contacted Susan Horton. In Sept, 2004, the problem was
    Identified, and a financial grant was sought and received to survey the lake
    and to offer a number of options directed to selecting a course of action
    drafted to control BE, (it was noted by S. Horton that 100% BE erradication
    may not be realistic, but, that is the goal, with control of the weed being
    a major step in that direction, one step at a time), since Lone Lake is
    considered by survey results to be 75-90% infected.
    Grant Money source:
    -In 2003 the grant money source was the boat trailer tax of about $400,000.
    In 2004 it will be about $200,000 with about 16 applicants
    -The next round of grant selections is due no later than Nov 1, 04, with
    selection and notification to be sometime in Jan 05.
    -Once the grant is awarded, LLHA must provide matching funds amounting to 25
    - 33% of the total amount, with various methods for accumulating "matching
    funds". Island County (Susan Horton), and the LLHA will then proceed with
    the plan formulated for the Nov 1 Deadline.
    -Integrated control options for consideration, include any combination of
    grazing, mechanical, or chemical means
    -Pat Clark made a very strong point at the conclusion of Susan's
    presentation.
    It was a "ThankYou" to ALL the Fishing Clubs and Organizations for their
    high level of support in this effort at Lone Lake. LLHA strongly feels that
    without this support, the LLHA's progress wouldn't be what it is today.
    Thank You All.

    Comments to WIFFC members
    But, this is only the beginning, it's not over yet. This situation is going
    to require micro-managing and shoe-horning through the system by LLHA, IC
    and everyone involved. Our continued support and INVOLVEMENT is not only an
    important element, but paramount in achieving the desired success at Lone
    Lake.
    The Pacific Northwest Fishermen know the "heartbeat of the fisheries" and
    many times over offer "corporate knowledge" of historical data, habitat,
    catch rates, studies, etc. Such offerings have often enlightened and aided
    officials from all agencies in making critical decisions concerning
    fisheries.
    Your involvement is the "grease" that keeps it moving and may be the one
    tid-bit that makes the difference in the final results.
    KEEP SCROLLING DOWN

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY MEETING

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH AT 2:00PM

    DEER LAGOON GRANGE HALL, 5140 Bayview Rd.

    The purpose of this meeting is to communicate information regarding the
    problems facing Lone Lake. As many of you know, Island County and Lone Lake
    Home Owners Association have received a Department of Ecology grant to begin
    the process of eradicating Brazilian Elodea, an invasive weed that is
    choking the lake.

    At this meeting the following points will be discussed:

    · Results of the Lone Lake survey completed by ReMetrix on September 15th
    and 16th. Presentation by Terry McNabb, aquatic vegetation management
    specialist, will cover present conditions and possible solutions for
    managing Brazilian Elodea.
    · Island County Noxious Weed Coordinator, Susan Horton, will present the
    progress in writing the Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan.
    · Larry Tsunoda, Department of Fish and Wildlife representative, and Gil
    Nyerges of the Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club will share support and
    concerns for the Lone Lake project.

    Time for your questions and comments will be included.

    If you need further information please contact Pat Clark, LLHA President at
    360-321-4548 or email pjclark@whidbeyisland.com.

    Your participation is important! Please attend!
     
  2. Tom Hawkins

    Tom Hawkins Newbie is fine w/me, I havent been FFing too long

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    Growing Interest.......

    Phone calls and inquiries are coming in.......
    individuals and clubs want to be involved.....education, prevention and preservation are amongst the list of why's......
    Folks from Oregon are inquiring......
    We are developing a letter of support......
    If any of you can find the time to join this effort, at least scrutinize the information, (I promise you "no salesman will call and no spam) it will surely be for a beneficial cause for everyone concerned.
    e-mail to:
    wiffc@oakharbor.net
    The Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club is not a PAC/G of any nature, we just want to save a valuable fishery, not only for the fly fishing world but for all anglers that have enjoyed Lone Lake in the past and ever expect to in the future. We do not want this weed to spread.
    Some prominant members of the steelhead coalition are on board with this and only as an example do I bring that cause into the conversation, ie; the voice of many are heard, the voice of a few.....well, you know the end of that one..., we need support from the anglers.
    WIFFC program last evening was tying salt water patterns for local waters..
    with techniques on how to use them......

    Tom Hawkins, Secretary, WIFFC
    360-675-8769