Young male drowns in Farmington Lake

Young male drowns in Farmington Lake

There are 37 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Aug 17, 2008, titled Young male drowns in Farmington Lake. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

Farmington Police and San Juan County Sheriff's Detectives, along with Farmington Fire and Rescue and the New Mexico State Police pooled resources Sunday afternoon to retrieve a body from Farmington Lake.

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Simon Salazar

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Aug 18, 2008
I've been fishing Farmington Lake for many years now and I always see people in that particular area swimming and wading. I've been proactive and telling them to get out of our drinking water, but they ignore me. I believe that the city of farmington should have more strict enforcement and punish those people that litter and swim in our precious water source. In the past, people have driven their vehicles and swam in the lake. People often camp and litter the shores of the lake. I've spent countless hours picking up old fishing lures and trash along the shore. People are so inconsiderate on the dirt roads, they drive their off road vehicles at high speeds and force you off the road. I think it's about time that we close off the lake for the time being and only allow foot traffic to the lake when people start to behave themselves.
Nick

Andover, MN

#2 Aug 18, 2008
Crap...that is very sad. Don't they have buoys marking the drop-offs?
Just a thought

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Aug 18, 2008
Nick wrote:
Crap...that is very sad. Don't they have buoys marking the drop-offs?
You have never been to the lake have you? There are no buoys.
Nick

Andover, MN

#7 Aug 18, 2008
Nope. Several years ago I went there and had to vacate the place immediately. Never got near the lake. Game warden and cops were there escorting American Indians out of there.
hey

Mclean, VA

#8 Aug 18, 2008
Just a thought wrote:
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Ummmm.....There is alot worse stuff than people swimming in the lake. And why you try to bring up off road vehicles? Do they make the water worse? I am always up there having fun. All those fish you catch are pissin, shittin, and havin sex in that same water. Have you ever thought of that? I do agree that there is to much litter that people throw out tho.
God bless this young man.
I've wonder how people can't understand that rules are "rules". I think you are one of these idiots that go roaming around in their ATVs and throwing trash out their windows... Exactly what is it you don't understand about laws and rules...idiot...
Get em all

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#9 Aug 18, 2008
My condolences to the family.

Here's a couple ideas:

Since it's ILLEGAL to swim in Farmington lake, DON'T GO IN IT.

Since it's ILLEGAL to take your vehicle off road in the area surrounding Farmington lake, DON'T DO IT.

Police: Since it's ILLEGAL for people to do this, ARREST THEM. Don't just have them pour out their alcohol, since you "know that as soon as we leave, they'll do this again".

Perhaps this will alleviate this situation.

Just a thought, perhaps you should look up the word ILLEGAL in the dictionary. Go out on La Plata or up to Navajo. The area surrounding Farmington lake is a preserve, it's not your playground. And, yes, I have taken this issue to the city council. Of course, they do nothing.
Malvina Clah

Ganado, AZ

#10 Aug 18, 2008
That is drinking water for the community. No more houses on the top of the hill. If any more go up, then the old ones should be torn down on the west side. The repairs are there for future carpenters. No more trailer residentials. The land at wildflower was supposed to be for new houses built. We have to take control and utilize the water appropriately. Review the original plans. The trailers wear as soon as use begins.
Ya know

Farmington, NM

#11 Aug 18, 2008
Buoys shouldn't be necessary, again because swimming is not allowed. The presence of buoys would be a huge mixed signal.
outside looking in

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Aug 18, 2008
I feel sorry for the family, but the rule is no swimming which means stay out of the water.
Yeah!!! Someone is really thinking No Swimming Means stay out of the water!!! The city should make the lake Off Limits, like other citys Santa Fe No one is allowed at lakes, It is for drinking water and is kept clean, No hiking, fishing or swimming Allowed!!! Wake up Farmington,Try following the rules and better yet enforcing them
No Means NO
Judy

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Aug 18, 2008
I bet the family is going to file a law suite claiming it's the cities fault..
Farmington

United States

#14 Aug 18, 2008
Wow you're a winner.

My sympathy goes out to the family, I'm sure this is a truly hard time for them.
Judy wrote:
I bet the family is going to file a law suite claiming it's the cities fault..
Just ME

Rio Rancho, NM

#15 Aug 18, 2008
I agree that the boy should not have been in the water simply because it is not allowed. But I really cant say much because I myself have swam in the lake plenty of times. But the difference with me and this situation is that I can swim!

But condolences go out to the family! I am truley sorry for their loss!
Stuff Happens

Bloomington, IL

#16 Aug 18, 2008
Ok...as a teenager myself, alot of ppl swim in Farmington lake, especially teens. What no one is understanding though, is ppl dround at Farmington Lake, Navajo Lake, Jackson Lake, its not just that one lake that it happens it. Its illegal to swim there, and ppl do get tickets when they are caught. I feel for this boys family, and the GF but anything can happen at any time. I'm sure he just thought he was wading thru the water and never thought about what could happen if he found a underwater cliff.
Just ME

Rio Rancho, NM

#18 Aug 18, 2008
Stuff Happens wrote:
Ok...as a teenager myself, alot of ppl swim in Farmington lake, especially teens. What no one is understanding though, is ppl dround at Farmington Lake, Navajo Lake, Jackson Lake, its not just that one lake that it happens it. Its illegal to swim there, and ppl do get tickets when they are caught. I feel for this boys family, and the GF but anything can happen at any time. I'm sure he just thought he was wading thru the water and never thought about what could happen if he found a underwater cliff.
Well Said! That is exactually the reality of the situation!

“Polymath”

Since: Jul 08

Farmington

#19 Aug 18, 2008
Just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>
Ummmm.....There is alot worse stuff than people swimming in the lake.
You mean like the dead guy they found floating out there? Isn't that just another reason to close the lake?
And why you try to bring up off road vehicles? Do they make the water worse?
You bet they do. When they drive through the water or the streams feeding into the lake chemicals, gasoline, and oil come off the vehicle and go into the lake. Our water processing system is designed to clean the water of fish urine and waste, but it has trouble handling certain chemical pollution.

About twenty years ago, Jackson Lake was in the same boat. It was actually worse. Because of people parking their cars in the water and the constant partying, the lake had an oil slick, the fish were all dead and pollution and broken glass was everywhere.

So they closed it to all but one three-hundred yard long foot trail (uphill all the way!) Since none of the drunks wanted to carry their beer uphill three hundred yards, the traffic at the lake disappeared overnight.

The remaining fishermen and the occasional picnicing family took care to clean up their litter. As a result, Jackson Lake is now clean, beautiful, with mostly litter-free, clean beaches. It has almost completely recovered.

Think about it.
scooter

United States

#20 Aug 18, 2008
Along with doing something the guy wasn't supposed to do, was he in the water and also not able to swim?

Mixing breaking the rules, alcohol and inability to swim...very dangerous combination. Obviously since it cost him his life.
Wow

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Aug 18, 2008
This is a horrible tragedy but easily avoidable. Hey parents...teach your children how to swim. Duh?!
duststorm

Houston, TX

#22 Aug 18, 2008
I am so sorry for the family. It sounds as though he was a true hero in death, for he pushed her back onto the ledge and gave her life.
I wish we could not make some of the above comments at this time of sorrow & bereavement. The families do read these notes.
Just a Thought

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Aug 18, 2008
Get em all wrote:
My condolences to the family.
Here's a couple ideas:
Since it's ILLEGAL to swim in Farmington lake, DON'T GO IN IT.
Since it's ILLEGAL to take your vehicle off road in the area surrounding Farmington lake, DON'T DO IT.
Police: Since it's ILLEGAL for people to do this, ARREST THEM. Don't just have them pour out their alcohol, since you "know that as soon as we leave, they'll do this again".
Perhaps this will alleviate this situation.
Just a thought, perhaps you should look up the word ILLEGAL in the dictionary. Go out on La Plata or up to Navajo. The area surrounding Farmington lake is a preserve, it's not your playground. And, yes, I have taken this issue to the city council. Of course, they do nothing.
Show me the statutes for these "laws" at the lake?
Just a Thought

Albuquerque, NM

#25 Aug 18, 2008
Saint_ wrote:
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You mean like the dead guy they found floating out there? Isn't that just another reason to close the lake?
<quoted text>
You bet they do. When they drive through the water or the streams feeding into the lake chemicals, gasoline, and oil come off the vehicle and go into the lake. Our water processing system is designed to clean the water of fish urine and waste, but it has trouble handling certain chemical pollution.
About twenty years ago, Jackson Lake was in the same boat. It was actually worse. Because of people parking their cars in the water and the constant partying, the lake had an oil slick, the fish were all dead and pollution and broken glass was everywhere.
So they closed it to all but one three-hundred yard long foot trail (uphill all the way!) Since none of the drunks wanted to carry their beer uphill three hundred yards, the traffic at the lake disappeared overnight.
The remaining fishermen and the occasional picnicing family took care to clean up their litter. As a result, Jackson Lake is now clean, beautiful, with mostly litter-free, clean beaches. It has almost completely recovered.
Think about it.
You obviously have not been to the lake in a while. There are no "stream" that feed the lake. Unless it rains a little and you get a flash flood. This state sucks.

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