|Sept 6||Office hours are Saturday mornings only until Oct 31|
|Oct 31||Fishing season closes|
Water Status - we have filled all the lakes and have taken advantage of available water to refill Hiawatha. By topping off Hiawatha we'll be able to refill the lower lakes this fall.Fishing status - we've had an excellent fishing season thus far and we've completed our June stocking of all the lakes. Summer brings us warmer water and typically slower fishing, but it's still better enjoying the lakes than being at home trying to avoid the heat!
Shagwa - on June 27th of last year (2015) we experienced a near 100% fish kill at Shagwa. We closed Shagwa to any further fishing and conducted several water tests in July and August. The early tests showed trace amounts of E.coli, which means sewage was entering the lake, and while not at the level to be a human health hazard it was sufficient to impact the fishery. Fortunately, water quality tests of the source water, and at Hiawatha and Papoose showed no water quality issues. We consulted with Larimer County Health Department and have their support as we work to find the source(s) of contamination. Our next steps will be:
- to manage the lake as we normally do, by that we mean, fill it (as we did this spring) and control the algae.
- to periodically do water quality tests during the summer at five locations around the lake, looking specifically for any signs of water quality degradation.
- investigate whether we need to do a hydrology study of the surrounding area. This would help us understand more about how the water and effluent are moving underground.
- we'll also work with the surrounding property owners to understand more about their own water quality, what testing they've done, etc.