Zebra mussel efforts widen n Six stat...

Zebra mussel efforts widen n Six state-funded boat ramp monitor...

There are 26 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Apr 7, 2010, titled Zebra mussel efforts widen n Six state-funded boat ramp monitor.... In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

The state will triple its effort to prevent the spread of zebra mussels in Berkshire County, but several local groups claim the added measures aren't enough to combat the invasive aquatic species.

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just me

San Antonio, TX

#1 Apr 8, 2010
yup but the state keeps stocking these ponds and lakes with fish- IF THEY CAN'T BE FISHED BY THE PUBLIC then why stock them?
Looking For Sympathy

Hartford, CT

#2 Apr 8, 2010
Just another case of Obambi's stimulus plan to get people off the dole & back to work. After all, tree huggers have to work too!

But, don't despair as there is more work yet to do in destroying the rest of the economy as well as our nuclear deterrent shield. He's doing his level best in making America safe - for his communist & islamic friends to walk right in & take over without any fear of reprisal.

It really boggles the mind - you can eventually undo what the Prince of Fools has done. But how do you deal with the fools who put him in office?
NEED CHANGE

Lenox, MA

#3 Apr 8, 2010
As a fisherman, I think these things are all good. Just tell me which hoops to jump through for you now so I am not delayed at the ramp when it's go time. We know by now to check our boats for the mussels so will there be anything else like a 2 day class or somthing? Last year the people at the boat ramps could have cared less what the hell was on your boat or trailer. Most only asked if the boat was "clean". Good job guys!!!
Throwback

Gansevoort, NY

#4 Apr 8, 2010
What are the seven lakes to be monitored? What are the 10 Berkshire waterways at risk? Why is that crucial information missing from this story?
Louie

United States

#5 Apr 8, 2010
Throwback wrote:
What are the seven lakes to be monitored? What are the 10 Berkshire waterways at risk? Why is that crucial information missing from this story?
You got it!Where is the Deerfield in all this?I guess the states in someones back-pocket in Charlemont.That river is used by more floaters than any waterway around,go look on any given weekend now and you'll see.
lwc

East Otis, MA

#7 Apr 8, 2010
It doesn't mater what the state does it is what the individuals do who are hopping from lake to lake with their boats and fishing gear. As was stated last year some of the bloggers stated they felt the mussels were good for the lakes!! So I am sure they will not be very careful about what they are doing. The Berkshires should just accept the fact that the lakes will all have these little things.
Just Wondering

Santa Clara, CA

#9 Apr 8, 2010
What about the waterfowl that fly from lake to lake? Are they exempt from these rules? Is the next step to cull all waterfowl? What about the lazy kayakers that launch their skiff from a shoreline that's not monitored?
Senior Boater

Adams, MA

#10 Apr 8, 2010
Take your boat wash use it were the sun don't shine.
Make sure the monitor shows you how.
Oh really

New York, NY

#11 Apr 8, 2010
Looking For Sympathy wrote:
Just another case of Obambi's stimulus plan to get people off the dole & back to work. After all, tree huggers have to work too!
But, don't despair as there is more work yet to do in destroying the rest of the economy as well as our nuclear deterrent shield. He's doing his level best in making America safe - for his communist & islamic friends to walk right in & take over without any fear of reprisal.
It really boggles the mind - you can eventually undo what the Prince of Fools has done. But how do you deal with the fools who put him in office?
I must have missed something...what the heck does Obama have to do with Zebra Mussels???! You really need to find something else to focus on.

When I brought my boat to each waterway last year, I either had to place a paper on my windshield certifiying that my boat was "clean" or advise a monitor of the same. Now, they don't have any way of checking out that what you say is true - so why wouldn't anyone that is just interested in getting on the water and doesn't care about the issue just say the boat and gear are clean? Fine to put out flyers but stationing monitors at the waterways is a huge waste of taxpayer money.(And it has nothing to do with Obama, by the way) Also, at one place, there is a warning that if you place your boat on the water and it was infested, you will be fined. So, how will they be able to prove whose boat it was that infested the waters? The monitors do not do a physical inspection and, it's my understanding that the critters are too small to see anyway. So, again I ask, why are we wasting the money??
Mayor of Ripton

Easthampton, MA

#12 Apr 8, 2010
Massachusetts along with Maine, have Great Pond Laws. Simple explanation, any body of water 10 acres or more is considered a Great Pond and by law MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE to the public for fishing swimming and fowling. If you take Mr. Hickey's idea of closing any and all lakes that have been infested or become infested and apply his and LOPA’s idea, that is fine with me, just so long as ALL access to that water body is prohibited. That means every single person in the world is not allowed access to that lake or pond. Every boat comes off, every dock comes out. Not a single person can go swimming; the only things that can swim in it are the fish. The only thing that floats on that water body is leaves. I wonder how the residents that have lakeside properties would feel about that.
Joe

Mechanicville, NY

#13 Apr 8, 2010
I agree that the "honor system" is a waste of money. Boater education is worth it - but it only goes so far. A sign at the boat ramp would've accomplished the same as the folks standing there. The funny thing is that local authorities are acting as if this is the first outbreak of the mussels. I am from Michigan originally where they have been living with these for quite a while now. And contrary to popular belief, it is not the end of the world as others would have you believe. It's a fact of life. Even though they were brought to our shores by ships, they are still an act of nature and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Our money would be better spent investigating how to live with them than pretend we can prevent.
Fisherman

Pittsfield, MA

#14 Apr 8, 2010
Just Me-the Task Force made it clear, no boat ramps are being closed, so no restrictions on fishing (Don't forget, people also ice fish and none of that is effected by the ZM and is part of the reason for the states stocking program).

Looking for Sympathy-you should be looking for a therapist.

Throwback-the Eagle ran a piece in the past few months that listed the lakes that were high risk. The risk increases based on the mineral content in the lake-the ZMs like lakes with a high calcium content. I don't remember exactly all the ones that were and weren't (I bet you could look it up) but basically the ones that have the higher monitoring resources devoted to them are the ones with the higher risk.

Oh Really-I agree with you. Ignore the fools who claim this has to do with liberal politics or the President. I disagree though with your thought the efforts are a waste of money (besides the money is coming from funds that are already there, plus the Task Force was able to get additional money from other organizations for this effort). Plus, volunteers are not wasting or for that matter, costing anyone's money. You are right, there will be those schmucks who don't give a damn-that is where it is up to the rest of us to educate them and try to get them to give a damn and try to do the right thing. BTW the monitors will be doing visual inspections and while they won't of course see microrganisms, they would be able to see evidence of a boat that has been sitting in infested water enough to see if ZMs are on the hull or motor housing.

Joe-were you at the meeting last night?

I will say this with regard to Mr. Hickey. Even though I respect his right to his opinion, his opinion is about as misguided and archaic as you can get. I have never heard him once, not once, either last night in what he said or previous times he has been quoted in the paper, to say what he proposed to do about restricting boat owners on the lakes and ponds from moving their watercraft. Based on how many dolts clapped after he spoke his garbage last night, I wish he had just kept his mouth shut. Everyone would have been better served. He disgustingly tried to say a concern over a snail was the reason a draw down at Laurel Lake was nixed. When he knows full well that a drawn down does nothing to impede the ZMs. I am sure though, based on what I saw and heard that he has his fan base out there.
Joe

Mechanicville, NY

#15 Apr 9, 2010
Unfortunately I was unaware of the meetings occurrence.
Walter Zemanek

Worcester, MA

#16 Apr 9, 2010
dear sir,
You only mention monitoring boats.What will be done about jet skis?How about tow ropes used in sking?How about people that use wet shoes at beaches, that go from one body of water to another?I also have seen hatchery trucks go from one pond or lake to another back into the water and unload fish.They also wear waders when entering the water.I have never seen them decontaminate ther equipment..Nets buckets etc.If we do this lets start at the chain that can spread the most.There equipment is still wet from the last stop when they get to there next.Are we going to stop people from taking bait buckets from one body of water to another,and emptying out the remaining water?I think fishermen are getting blamed for something they had nothing to do with.i also havent seen outher states make it so hard for people to enjoy themselves.Who was watching the ships that brought this here?(more)>
Walter Zemanek

Worcester, MA

#17 Apr 9, 2010
I hope the jobs created by this feasco is not like the job that someone had in watching whoever dumped this into our waters.How come they are not fined to pay for decontaminating stations,insted of us?

Well thank you

Walter Zemanek
Chicopee Mass.01013
Walter Zemanek

Worcester, MA

#18 Apr 9, 2010

How do i get to read comments from other people?
amused

Albany, NY

#19 Apr 10, 2010
Walter Zemanek wrote:
How do i get to read comments from other people?
Stop talking and start reading!!!!
Fisherman

Pittsfield, MA

#20 Apr 10, 2010
Joe-gotta read the paper man. It may not be the Wall Street Journal but at least the Segaull has notices of upcoming events from time to time. I do agree with much of what you say. I do think it is worth the effort to do what can be done to stop the spread and if it happens anyway, then it happens. But at least we should make the effort.
Mr. Z-some of what you say is correct-they can spread through the ways you mentioned and decontamination is VERY importatant. I don't think anyone is blaming fisherman, however I do believe that is exactly how they got to Laurel Lake. My theory is they got in the lake when someone dumped their bilge after being somewhere else where the ZMs were. They survived in the bilge as mircros and away we go. I based my theory on those who chase lake Salmon around. Anyway we'll never know, nor will we ever know for certain how they have spread if they eventually do. All we can do is take the necessary recommended precautions and hope for the best. Maybe even buy some time, perhaps a treatment will be developed. As for the jobs, there are part time, college kid jobs, not the kind that raise your taxes by a million dollars.
PS-they were first introduced into the Great Lakes from the bilge discharge of a Rusky ship-no one was watching for them at the time, bc no one knew to watch.
another guy

Indian Orchard, MA

#21 Apr 15, 2010
All you people do is complain. Who cares about half the stuff youre complaining about? why would the length of the title matter. Youre incessant complaining isn't going to stop any of this so put up and shut up.
Game Warden

Indian Orchard, MA

#22 Apr 15, 2010
Detective wrote:
Could the headline get any longer??
You're ridiculous. Just finding another thing to complain about? I'm proud of you.

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