Lakes Com­mit­tee con­sid­ers weed com­plaint

The Weekly Vista - - News - LYNN ATKINS

Res­i­dents who live on Loch Lomond have been com­plain­ing about the weeds in the lake, Rick Echols, the POA’s lakes and fish­eries su­per­in­ten­dent told mem­bers of the Lakes Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day. His staff has been spray­ing all sum­mer, but it hasn’t been ef­fec­tive. He has two al­ter­na­tives in mind and asked the com­mit­tee to help make the de­ci­sion.

There is an­other spray that could be ap­plied, he said. It would kill the weeds from the roots and, while it might take some time, it should work. Or, he could buy more grass carp.

The POA stocks some grass carp each year, he re­minded the com­mit­tee, but there are too many weeds for the num­ber of fish. He could buy ad­di­tional fish and al­low them to eat the leafy pondweed which is caus­ing is­sues.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion from the com­mit­tee, he said the carp would prob­a­bly not eat wa­ter wil­lows. Wa­ter wil­lows don’t take over like leafy pondweed, but they do pro­vide some cover for game fish. Crap­pie fish­er­men, he ex­plained, like the fact that weeds shel­ter young fish that will be­come large enough to catch.

Echols said he has to bal­ance the de­sires of an­glers with home­own­ers and swim­mers. The grass carp will be ex­pen­sive and he won’t pur­chase them un­til March, but they should take care of the prob­lem. The com­mit­tee voted to sup­port that so­lu­tion.

Two res­i­dents spoke to the com­mit­tee dur­ing the open fo­rum. Ellen Creek­baum pre­sented two op­tions to solve some is­sues she sees on the lake.

Boats she said are get­ting big­ger and faster, which makes their wakes more dan­ger­ous. Lake us­age is grow­ing, she said.

One op­tion to make the lake safer would be to pro­hibit cer­tain types of boats, like wake boats which she de­fined as “de­signed to cre­ate a large, spe­cially shaped wake for wake­board­ers to jump.”

If cer­tain boats can’t be pro­hib­ited, an­other op­tion would be to limit the num­ber of boats at any one time. Boaters could sched­ule their us­age like golfers sched­ule tee times, she said.

An­other res­i­dent who iden­ti­fied him­self as Steve Hil­ton wanted the board to im­prove the Stoneykirk boat ramp which has been washed out sev­eral times. He would also like to see im­prove­ments like re­strooms, a paved park­ing area and pic­nic ta­bles at the site.

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