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 [email protected]. Your participation is important! Please attend!