Clear Lake experiencing phenomenal weed growth

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High lake levels plus ultra clear water has resulted in an explosion of aquatic weeds in Clear Lake.
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CLPD

Berkeley, CA

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Jun 25, 2010
 
Dock owners should simply let the weeds run their course, because it makes no sense for one dock owner to eradicate weeds, if the other dock owners around that dock area don't do the same. It is the same scenario like a house treated for cockroaches. One house is treated for cockroaches, only to have re-infestation due to surrounding homes not treated. Same goes true for the weed beds surrounding that dock that is treated.
Falcon

United States

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#2
Jun 25, 2010
 
BOS should of taken the offer from the Oregon Comapny years ago to harvest.
But they were greedy!
frustrated

Rancho Cordova, CA

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#3
Jun 25, 2010
 
Do I need a stupid permit to clean the weeds off my prop?
year before last we filled a large waste container just with weeds from props.oops do I owe a penalty for not getting a permit?
You can pay to have the weeds sprayed but nothing happens and they do not come back and spray again if it doesn't work the first time, you are out the 1k plus 100 for the permit.
People have to pay 27$ to remove weeds??? how much will it cost me if I want to mow my lawn...geeze what a scam
Fed Up

Lakeport, CA

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#4
Jun 25, 2010
 
not another summer like last summer. STOP letting the water out or selling it or whatever you people do with it
Mountain Breeze

Los Angeles, CA

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#5
Jun 25, 2010
 
Oh come on now......"Ultra clear water" Not in this lake. I have been around this lake continuously since 1968 and Clear Lake has never been clear, especially not ultra clear. It has always been filled with bluish green algea.
Resident

Kelseyville, CA

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#6
Jun 25, 2010
 
next comes the algae and more excuses by the county. Guess if there is no money in it for them , they just let the Lake rot.
Locals Only

Oakland, CA

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#7
Jun 25, 2010
 
So I have a boat, a community beach and a boat ramp all at my disposal. Then why am I loading up my boat and driving to Lake Mendocino today? The County is going to pay some one to spray? WHEN??? Another 4th of July with tourists wondering where they'll go next year, because it wont be here. Algae is part of this lake and always will be, nothing you can do about that. Not so with the weeds, and they are manageable, but once again either nothing is going to happen, or what does happen will be too late. Mechanical harvesting works Scott.
Fan

United States

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#8
Jun 25, 2010
 
Good Grief what a bunch of whiners...

Come to grips with it! Get over it!

Clear Lake is a pond. It acts like a pond and nobody has the money to throw at it to try and get it to behave differently.
Donna Christopher

Kelseyville, CA

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#9
Jun 25, 2010
 
Had that same stuff growing in the pond - put one the hip waders and just started grabbing it and pulling it out. Makes a great weedkiller, just lay it on top of anything you want gone and it will be! The weed itself seems to decompose quite nicely. Was told by a boater that just taking a length of chain, throw one end over the side of the boat or dock and pretend you're trying to lasso something - he tells me you get big mats of it up and out relatively easy.

Thank you Fan for recognizing we have a fish pond not an aquarium - wish more had your sense.
Lowell Grant

Richmond, CA

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#10
Jun 25, 2010
 
Warm, shallow, fertile, ancient, eutrophic, HUGE. Take your pick, algae or weeds, we will have one or the other.
Lowell Grant

Richmond, CA

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#11
Jun 25, 2010
 
BTW, I liked the double entendre in the title!
private

Oakland, CA

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#12
Jun 25, 2010
 
Actually a triple entendre.
Richard Hertz

Albuquerque, NM

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#13
Jun 25, 2010
 
WHERE is ADRAIN? Doesn't he have dozens of pending patents to turn this crap into fuel?? Come on ADRAIN save the county!!
P and E Sullivan

Clearlake, CA

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#14
Jun 25, 2010
 
This lake weed problem will definitely impact not only homeowner with docks, such as us, but will also result in decreased tourism to Lakeport. What a shame the city and county is not pro-acitve with spraying or whatever it takes to save this beautiful lake. We would truly appprecuate seeing some action!!
samiam

Clearlake Oaks, CA

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#15
Jun 26, 2010
 
It's not a weed problem. It's an ignorant people problem. The lake has been this way for a hundred thousand years. Why is it so hard for people to understand that this is a lake, not a reservoir.
The lake does not need to be saved from weeds, it needs to be saved from ignorance. All you have to do is look at the water in May. If you can see the bottom in 25' of water the weeds are going to grow. If you can't see the bottom then the weeds will not grow.
old timer

Ewa Beach, HI

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#16
Jun 26, 2010
 
I so agree with samiam

We all grew up with the algae----we knew not to wear white bathing suits and the fishing was great. We had 10 times the tourists, boaters and vacationers that come now, because of the weeds.

The Lake County "imports" decided they didn't like the algae and all of a sudden, a few years ago,---it disappeared and the sun hit the bottom of the lake and we had a huge weed problem.

mmmmmmmmmmI have my own theories about how that algae was disposed of---but
we humans never learn

ANYTIME you start messing with mother nature who knows perfectly how to balance everything, you end up with unintended consequenses

LEAVE OUR LAKE ALONE It was a wonderful
(and completely unique to this world) biosphere.

It is unfortunate that our Chamber of Commerce won't advertise the lake for it's uniqeness, living organisms, and value--- instead of what it is not----
if they did that, then the people would have actually appreciated the algae.

Please do some research on Clear Lake's history and uniquness in this world. It is one of a kind----well, it WAS one of a kind.
samiam

Clearlake Oaks, CA

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Jun 26, 2010
 
old timer wrote:
I so agree with samiam
We all grew up with the algae----we knew not to wear white bathing suits and the fishing was great. We had 10 times the tourists, boaters and vacationers that come now, because of the weeds.
The Lake County "imports" decided they didn't like the algae and all of a sudden, a few years ago,---it disappeared and the sun hit the bottom of the lake and we had a huge weed problem.
mmmmmmmmmmI have my own theories about how that algae was disposed of---but
we humans never learn
ANYTIME you start messing with mother nature who knows perfectly how to balance everything, you end up with unintended consequenses
LEAVE OUR LAKE ALONE It was a wonderful
(and completely unique to this world) biosphere.
It is unfortunate that our Chamber of Commerce won't advertise the lake for it's uniqeness, living organisms, and value--- instead of what it is not----
if they did that, then the people would have actually appreciated the algae.
Please do some research on Clear Lake's history and uniquness in this world. It is one of a kind----well, it WAS one of a kind.
The fact that they insist on comparing our lake to Tahoe is disgusting!
Locals Only

Fort Dodge, IA

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#18
Jun 26, 2010
 
Samiam is wrong. I don't know how long you've been around here Sam, but the weeds haven't been here as long as you think. Algae has, and as I said in the post above, always will. I spent entire summers on the lake in the 70's and 80's and there were NO weeds!
samiam

Clearlake Oaks, CA

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Jun 26, 2010
 
Locals Only wrote:
Samiam is wrong. I don't know how long you've been around here Sam, but the weeds haven't been here as long as you think. Algae has, and as I said in the post above, always will. I spent entire summers on the lake in the 70's and 80's and there were NO weeds!
So the lake has been here for 400,000 years and biologists say the weeds have been here since the beginning. But you don't remember the weeds in the 70s and 80s so they must not have been here before now. Is that what you are telling us?
If we keep listening to the "locals" we are in danger of a total ecological callapse of our lakes ecosystem. This "local" probably still has a drum of DDT in his garage because he's not going to let some "over educuted college boy" tell him what he can spray on his property.

Since: Jun 10

Fort Dodge, IA

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#20
Jun 26, 2010
 
samiam it is clear that locals only is saying exactly that and it is true. Algae was an issue then but the weeds weren't. We didn't have to clear the prop of weeds then. It is true that leaving out of Corinthian Bay we would sometimes have to motor out quite a way from shore to find water less filled with algae and when we changed out of our suits we would find our bodies peppered with it; but weeds were a Highland Springs thing not a Clear Lake problem
Cite a source.[quote]"Biologists say the weeds have been here since the beginning." [/quote]Is insufficient evidence. Also misleading since yes, weeds and lakes go hand in hand, but the weed "Problem" is relatively new. Anyone who has lived here AND used the lake regularly over the last several decades will tell you that.
Personally I am inclined to go with the primary source here.
As for the DDT comment, well that was just silly.

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