After having a contractor back out on the dredging project at Lake Cortez, a different contractor is now in place to begin dredging six Cortez coves. The work is being done by Estate Management Services and was scheduled to begin yesterday. Lake manager Brad Meredith said dollars are in place to address the six coves that haven’t yet been touched.
As for hydrilla, the undesired plant has yet to be seen, even as surface water temperatures are well into the 70 degree range. Meredith was asked if the grass carp could have taken care of the weed. “It’s possible,” said Meredith. The herbicide that will be used, if the hydrilla returns, will not be harmful to residents’ lawns. Meredith added that other spot treatment of weeds like water willow would be done as needed.
Electro shocking for fish data is now complete. It had been delayed because lakes Maria and Sophia had been drawn down and had not yet filled until the recent rains. Meredith said the latest results turned up a few huge redear sunfish. He also stated that lake cleanup of debris continues due to the past heavy rains.
The raising of our own forage fish was also discussed. One idea for a location to raise the fingerlings would be at a small golf course pond. Or building a small pond might also be a possibility in a location that is accessible and where drainage is not an issue.
The work is nearly complete on a work barge that can be used to place fish habitat in lakes. The boat was donated by Ken’s Marine. From there, members of the Baitcasters and Anglers’ clubs worked to get the boat ready for service. The barge is equipped with a 60 horsepower motor. In the near future, the boat will be officially turned over to the POA for use.
Cindi Erickson, commodore of the Balboa Yacht Club, said their organization is ready to assist the committee when needed. Currently they are working on a shoreliner volunteer effort and are willing to sponsor a lakes sign at a reasonable cost at the Balboa ramp about unwanted aquatic vegetation.
They can also help with the selling of electrical shock hazard signs at their events. And the club is researching the establishment of a phone number than can be used by boaters that need assistance on the water.
Erickson also took a moment to publically thank membership chairman D.C. Reed for all his help. The group, which began in 2012, now has 200 members.
The lakes committee meets again at 9 a.m. on June 14 at Coronado Center.