Board Meeting – March 6, 2008
Agenda: Native Re-Vegetation
Visitors: Doug Pirie, Don Sell, Ursula Sperry from DSL, Kevin Erickson
Minutes: In the discussion related to Native Re-Vegetation Jack Strayer said the Board might want to consider the fact that SolarBees might not control the weeds, unless the SolarBee people can produce a study to that effect. They might be more beneficial for controlling cyanobacteria.
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Native Revegetation: Jack Strayer
Strayer went to warm-water working group with ODFW and presented Devils Lake’s situation. He said there had not been time for feedback. One of the issues was the installation of SolarBees. He gave the group the SolarBee’s website address and they agreed to research. One attendee called one of his friends in Florida who worked at an aquarium; he said he saw no reason to conclude that circulating water would control weeds. Strayer said the Board might want to consider the fact that SolarBees might not control the weeds, unless the SolarBee people can produce a study to that effect. They might be more beneficial for controlling cyanobacteria. Strayer said that he will ask Gary Galovich when he performs his electro-fishing survey to take a look at the carp and determine how healthy they are since they are nearing the end of their life span of 20 years. Galovich said he would ask within his department if anyone had any further information.
Strayer said the most vigorous vegetation is the unwanted kind and things need to be sped up before the grass carp disappear. One of he guys Strayer met attended another seminar and returned with an aquatic plant management plan in support of fish and wildlife. Strayer showed it to Robertson and will lend it to him to peruse. Strayer said he is struggling with the terminology of these issues and with attempting to interpret information. He said the decision point for the lake is going to be when Bob Buckman and Galovich complete their electro-fishing project and advise the Board on what to do with vegetation—possibly late April or early May.