Saturday, January 19, 2008

Lake Davis Update Announcement

Lake Davis closures lifted Friday
Published 12:00 am PST Saturday, January 19, 2008

PORTOLA – The temporary public safety closure of Lake Davis land, trails and waterways related to the northern pike eradication project was lifted Friday, officials with the California Department of Fish and Game said.

In mid-December, 33,000 pounds of Eagle Lake trout from the American River Hatchery were planted in the Plumas Lake reservoir, but the lake remained closed to fishing due to the continued presence of Fennedefo 99, one of several chemicals used to disperse poisons applied in September to eradicate the non-native fish.

While saying the chemical poses no human health issues, state officials agreed in December to continue the closure until Lake Davis showed no signs of toxins for three consecutive tests.

Randy Kelly, Lake Davis pike coordinator for Fish and Game, said at the time that Fennedefo 99 is commonly used as a food additive in gum and several soft drinks.

– Christine Vovakes