Algae blooms prompt advisory notices at Clearlake beaches

Lake County Health Department officials posted precautionary advisory notices at public beaches at Clearlake's Austin Park and Highlands Park following the re-emergence of a seasonal blue-green algae bloom at several locations on Clear Lake. Full Story

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#1 Aug 12, 2012
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While smell of a thousand un-flushed toilets wafts the air a green scum blights Clear Lake waters. We are blessed once again, and again, with algae blooms that repel tourist and real estate interests (and Clear Lake citizens), confronting the County with millions of lost dollars. But oh,“the lake is getting clearer:” a refrain repeated since the early 1990’s, in denial of the excessive nutrients continuing to pour into the Lake, feeding the algae into a seasonal smelly scum proliferation.
Do Clear Lake citizens wonder if after many years and many forms of denial by Lake County Supervisors, and a compliant media, censoring anything negative, that such an avoidance and lack of transparency (by media and government) might have substantially contributed to Lake contamination?
Unknown amounts from specific sources of agricultural pollutant-nutrients (food responsible for excessive algae growth) still enter the lake (due to special agricultural exempt waivers and deficient regulation and monitoring).
After long ignoring the many complaints from Lake County citizens, denying the extent of the need (“the Lake is getting clearer,” and therefore better?); and failing to obtain major grants, Lake County government now wants to tax citizens to fund algae abatement, with unknown plans and methodology.
In addition, Lake Government has moved to exempt its Watershed Protection District from needing a Municipal Service Review, an oversight function which has never been performed for this District, and is administered by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for the benefit of running a more efficient government (which citizens pay for).
At the same time the Board of Supervisors appears to routinely ignore its Clear Lake Advisory Committee while considering its demise.
Perhaps citizens should become more aware and concerned about the quality of a County government long in denial, and short response-ability, and that now attempts to tax while avoiding transparency.

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