Clear Lake can't catch a break these days

There are 6 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from Aug 25, 2010, titled Clear Lake can't catch a break these days. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

Tourism is one of the primary industries of Lake County and most of the tourists visit the county because of Clear Lake, which for years was rated the No.

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Sarah Ryan

Fremont, CA

#1 Aug 25, 2010
I agree with Terry that human action have caused the problem we have today, as well as his assessment that some of it can be expected. Tules are a big part of the solution. So are changes to everyones' habits: the various ways we feed the lake on a daily basis need to be curbed. Do you live in a place where drains exist that lead to Clear Lake or one of the creeks? Then restrict the following activities where water runs off your property: car washing, watering your lawn. Driving on dirt roads feeds the lake. ATVs on back roads can feed the lake. And then there are other things that feed the lake that we need to change: leaking septic systems, old infrastructure of wastewater plants, agricultural runoff, livestock having free access to creeks or shoreline.

If we take these problems seriously and stop activities that are feeding the algae, the lake has a better chance of coming back into balance where the algae/weed issue is not in overdrive.

Since: Aug 09

Clearlake, CA

#2 Aug 25, 2010
Maybe it's time all lake front property owners step-up and address their septic system's effectiveness of NOT leaching into the lake. Many systems are more than 50 years old. Many ways to test a system's workings today. Many will say to costly, but it's time to look at what is going into the lake.
Yup

Hidden Valley Lake, CA

#3 Aug 25, 2010
Rick Gunier wrote:
Maybe it's time all lake front property owners step-up and address their septic system's effectiveness of NOT leaching into the lake. Many systems are more than 50 years old. Many ways to test a system's workings today. Many will say to costly, but it's time to look at what is going into the lake.
Warm shallow water enhances algae growth. Colder deeper water suppresses algae growth. Duh
Dredge the Lake.
Motor Mouth

Clearlake, CA

#6 Aug 25, 2010
I appreciate your mention of photographs as I have not seen them.
norcal73

Kelseyville, CA

#7 Aug 25, 2010
Many of us have brought up the invasive weed issue before, back in the 1990s when we saw little patches starting to grow. Before that we always went swimming off our docks and the shores of Lakeport, ever since we were kids. This invasive weed issue will continue to constrict the lake if nothing is done. I just got off the lake a few minutes ago to tow someone in that was stranded. I feel for the guy and his wife who just burned up their engine on the water. Been out there more than a few times to help bring boats in this year.
Provocateur

Half Moon Bay, CA

#8 Aug 25, 2010
Rick Gunier wrote:
Maybe it's time all lake front property owners step-up and address their septic system's effectiveness of NOT leaching into the lake. Many systems are more than 50 years old. Many ways to test a system's workings today. Many will say to costly, but it's time to look at what is going into the lake.
That would be a good start. No silver bullet for Clearlake (dredging). It's going to take a multi faceted attack on the many destructive entities in and around the lake. Restoration, cultivation, aeration, plant specific natural remedies, some dredging. All good ideas. Lets pull the trigger.

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