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Autumn 1999 CALMS Newsletter

CALM  WATERS  Web  Edition
Autumn  1999

updated October 1999

Table of contents

Reno 99
by  Bill Taylor

What's the Latest at NALMS?
by  Ken Burger, NALMS Director

1999 NALMS Director's Meeting, Chicago
Ken Burger's Report

1998-99 CALMS Officers

Lake Dedicated to OC Environmentalist
by   Christine Hanson

CALMS Internet Discussion

Understanding Algae (Part 2): Love it or Leave it?
by  Patrick Simmsgeiger


WAPMS Montana Meeting

For Sale

CALMS Membership Renewals

Reno 99

By Bill Taylor

The 1999 NALMS International Symposium "Water: 20th Century Gold" is fast approaching. CALMS is hosting this symposium and CALMS needs you!

The Reno conference is less than 60 days away and it is time to sign up for specific tasks at the meeting. If you haven't registered yet, now is a good time. If you haven't checked it out lately, the NALMS web site is fairly up-to-date on progress   Here is your chance to contribute a little time to the conference and help make it appear seamless.

1. We need some volunteers to man the registration counters (6 to 8 people spread throughout the day on Tuesday and Wednesday, four on Thursday and four on Friday morning).

2. We need volunteers to set-up the Silent Auction on Wednesday and possibly to help on Friday when the items will be distributed. Items will be on display starting Wednesday through Friday.

3. We will need help stuffing registration bags Monday and Tuesday, mostly Tuesday. It is a mindless task, but can be lots fun with the right crowd. If you ever feel like going to work and assembling cardboard boxes for a break, this is your chance.

Please think it over and let me know where you can help, it will be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at by phone at (909) 392-5149 or by e-mail at

Thanks, Bill

What's the Latest at NALMS?

By Ken Burger, Region 9 Director

Besides all the efforts by Terry Thiessen, Conference Coordinator, working with Bill Taylor and Alex Horne to "fine tune" the Reno Conference, there have been other major efforts by NALMS to secure the future health of the organization. As is typical of many professional organizations, there is constantly a need to cut costs and increase revenues. Major funding for NALMS comes from federal grants (generally EPA), memberships and the Annual Conference. Our efforts to get good attendance at the Reno Conference is both critical to NALMS and to CALMS as both will benefit financially. Major expenditures are for three critical permanent staff professionals that keep NALMS afloat from day-to-day, Regional and National Conferences, and publications such as LakeLine and the Journal.

Unfortunately, Congress has been slow to act on amendments to the Clean Water Act and currently there is no specific funding for the Clean Lakes Program. However, Lisa Conley, NALMS Government Affairs, has been diligently "twisting arms" of Congressmen and through her efforts $5 Million may make it into the program this year. Not a lot of money for a national program, but it opens the door for future years.

NALMS Board Members have been involved with strategic planning, i.e. attempting to plan now for the future to keep the organization viable. This will be a major session at the Directors meeting in Reno.

Let’s all do our part to encourage a large attendance in Reno. I’ve set a goal of enlisting 10 new attendees! A major mailing was recently conducted by Barbara Timmel, NALMS, contacting 2217 expired memberships encouraging attendance and renewal with a good initial response.

1999 NALMS Director's Meeting, Chicago

Ken Burger's Report

The Northern Illinois Planning Commission, EPA, and NALMS co-sponsored the 12th annual National Lakes Conference on April 20-23 followed by the NALMS daylong Board meeting on April 24 at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel in downtown Chicago. The Congress Plaza Hotel opened in 1893 and was the site for Teddy Roosevelt's 1912 Bull Moose Convention and Franklin D. Roosevelt's acceptance of his 1932 presidential nomination. The conference theme this year was "Enhancing the States' Lake Management Programs." As usual the entire event was exceptionally well done combining both an informative agenda and interesting decor at the hotel with opportunities to enjoy the many museums, architecture, professional baseball fields, the worlds tallest building, the Sears Tower, and other attractions that make Chicago a world class city. Some of us even took in some of the local abundance of blues at the nearby Buddy Guy's House of Blues! Paul Beaty educated me on the three local traditions—Chicago dogs, Old Style beer and Wrigley Field.

The major focus of the conference this year was how to get funding for lakes projects since the EPA Clean Lakes Program (Section 314 fund) continues to be unfunded and the new regulatory challenge of developing Total Maximum Daily Loadings (TMDLs) for nutrients and sediment. The good news is the Non-Point Source Fund (Section 319 fund) has been increased from $100 million to $200 million nationally but the bad news is most states are seeing very little of this money spent on lake programs. However, in California the EPA relies on the state Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB's) to prioritize projects and award funding. The message here is if you have a project ready to go, contact your local RWQCB to determine funding priorities and to make certain they have completed their 303d list ( list of impaired water bodies capable of receiving funds).

The development of TMDL's for a wide array of pollutants identified as reasons for impaired water body designation will be a major focus of regulatory agencies and consultants in the foreseeable future. At least 30 states and EPA have been sued by watchdog environmental groups for failure to develop and implement TMDL's as required by the Clean Water Act. This is a very complex problem since it involves determining maximum daily limits that a waterbody can assimilate without impairing beneficial uses and allocating loadings to dischargers in the watershed. Although it seems onerous, there is a real need to do something since the percentage of impaired water-bodies (streams and lakes) has steadily increased nationwide.

The NALMS Directors' meeting was an opportunity for me to meet other Directors and to understand the many challenges facing the organization e.g. stable funding, increasing membership, strategic and long-term planning, and management of staff. I encourage any of you who are not current members of NALMS to join now. It is money well spent.

Of course a good portion of the meeting was dedicated to the upcoming NALMS Symposium "Water: 20th Century Gold," hosted by CALMS in Reno at the Reno Hilton December1- 4, 1999. It appears that most of the details of organizing this event to be successful have been worked out. I cannot over emphasize how important it is for us all to work hard in the next few months to assure this event is successful. Bill Taylor, Conference Chair, and I wish to encourage each of you to do the following:

1.Attend the Symposium & strive to bring at least one other with you.

2.Send either of us a mailing list of potential exhibitors. These are consultants, product suppliers, or others that could benefit financially from exhibiting at Reno. There is a brochure being finalized by Terry Theissen, NALMS Conference Coordinator, available soon that gives details and benefits for exhibitors. Get us the lists and Terry will do the follow-up.

3.Encourage agencies or private sector businesses to donate funds to offset costs of the symposium by becoming sponsors. They will be acknowledged at the symposium. A special brochure is being developed and will be distributed by Terry Theissen if you get us the contact. How about the agency or business you work for?

All three of these suggestions will help assure success of the Symposium and will be very important to CALMS as well. We will get 10% of the net profit for hosting the event. Since we are not having a separate annual meeting, the success of the Symposium is very important for our immediate financial well being.

See you all in Reno!

Orange County Lake News

Lake Named for Southern Calif. Environmentalist

By Christine Hanson

The largest of three small natural lakes located in Laguna Beach in the Orange County received a name this summer: Barbara's Lake.

The lake was named for Barbara Stuart Rabinowitsh, a ballerina-turned-environmentalist, who died last year at age 82 from Parkinson's disease. She worked for two decades to protect Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park from development.

Her involvement in Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. (LGI), a non-profit environmental group in Orange County which coordinated the purchase of more than 2,150 acres for the park, left a legacy for the community.

Barbara’s Lake is about 15 surface acres and has the usual southern California eutrophic lake problems, but it is a lovely little lake tucked into the hills. The County of Orange conducts water quality monitoring as part of a lake enhancement and management plan.

In 1997, the County of Orange began a ten-year monitoring program of Barbara's Lake for LGI. Physical measurements for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity and light transmittance and nutrient and chlorophyll a samples are taken quarterly in January, April, July and October. An annual report is provided to the organization.

Possible diversion of the inflow to the lake through a created wetland and artificial circulation are possible techniques for improving the water quality of Barbara's Lake, which has been impaired, in part, by runoff from historic cattle grazing surrounding the lake.

Improvements already accomplished include removal of roads and trails immediately adjacent to Barbara's Lake and restoration of upland/riparian vegetation. Restoration of native vegetation along the edges of the other two lakes where cattle grazing has caused

bank erosion and loss of vegetation.

Laguna Canyon Road will also be rerouted away from the lakes. When the road is completed, Lake Two will be rejoined with Barbara's Lake forming one lake as it originally was.

Barbara herself was a native of New York who moved to Laguna Beach, California, in 1960. Although she may be remembered mostly as an environmentalist, her first love was the ballet (she co-founded the Laguna Beach Civic Ballet Company).

She is especially remembered for the part she played in the Laguna Canyon March of 1989 when more than 8,000 people gathered to protest a housing development planned by The Irvine Company. That effort proved successful with the eventual preservation of more than 15,000 acres as Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, which surrounds the Laguna Lakes, the only natural lakes found in Orange County.

New Internet Discussion Site for CALMS

CALMS now has an internet discussion place. This place can be found on the World Wide Web at and our group is called the CALMS Web Forum.

At the site, members can interact in different discussions in conference planning, file sharing and all would share the same calendar. We could use it as long as it is useful.

Interested members should write to Tom Buckowski to subscribe for an invitation code to this forum.

Understanding Algae (Part 2):
Love it or Leave it?

By Patrick Simmsgeiger

Algae is everywhere. Without it our waters would not sustain life and mankind would not benefit from its countless qualities and boundless beauty.

But what happens when our precious ecosystems are not in balance?

We’ve all seen it. Algae can turn your pristine reflection pond into a stagnant bowl of pea soup or perhaps plug your irrigation lake and pumping equipment with its slimy strands. Even minor growth around your shoreline can cause loss of water flow and trap debris.

You may be telling yourself, Yes I’ve experienced some or perhaps all of the problems listed above but no one is complaining and it’s not hurting anything. Right? Wrong! Every body of water has a life span. Man made and Natural. Eventually all that algae you’re allowing to proliferate and then die off at the season’s end are forming sludge. A lot of sludge. Left untreated, a couple acre-feet of water can easily sustain growth of several tons of algae a season. Sooner, rather than later, your water volume will decrease substantially necessitating dredging long before its time.

So, do you love it or leave it?

The answer, Don’t Love it and Don’t Leave it. Appreciate it and Control it. How? Educate yourself and follow these simple guidelines.

1) Consult with an experienced Aquatic PCA (Pest Control Advisor.

2) Establish a seasonal history. It’s likely that your body of water has repeated algae growth season after season.

3) Learn to anticipate its growth. This is where the history comes in handy. Early treatment will save you much time and money.

There are a number of methods for controlling plant biomass. An experienced aquatic PCA will be able to help you select the best method for your particular pond or lake.


NALMS International Symposium

    December 1-4, 1999
    Reno, Nevada


WAPMS Annual Meeting

    March 28-30, 2000
    Bozeman, Montana

Western Aquatic Plant Management Society
Make Plans for Montana in March, 2000!

The officers of WAPMS want to extend to you and your associates an invitation to our annual meeting to be held March 28-30, 2000 in Bozeman, Montana. Our meetings will be held at the Best Western Grantree Inn located in downtown Bozeman (406-587-5261) 

1998-99 CALMS Officers and Directors

Paul Beaty, President
Southwest Aquatics
P.O. Box 13212
Palm Desert, CA 92255
Phone: 760-568-5499
Fax: 760-568-4019

Hugh Marx, Vice President
Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park Dist.
15027 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036
Phone: 760-765-0515
Fax: 760-765-1749

Sherry Williams, Past President
701 S. First St., Ste. 269
Arcadia, CA 91006
Voice Pager 310-582-3202

Pete Alexander, Treasurer
East Bay Regional Parks Dist.
P.O. Box 538, Oakland, CA 94805
510-635-0135, Ext. 2350

Jeffrey Pasek, Secretary
City of San Diego, Water Production Division / Water Quality Lab
5530 Kiowa Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: 619-668-3240
Fax: 619-668-3250

Dave Najera, Northern Director
Aquatic Habitat Management Corp.
2150 Franklin Canyon Rd.
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: 510-370-9194
Fax: 510-370-9199

Ron Nerviani, Northern Director
Marin Municipal Water District
220 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925
Phone: 415-924-4600, x233
Fax: 415-927-4953

Doug Ball, Southern Director
Los Angeles DWP
111 N. Hope St. Rm. 18-A
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-367-3222

Richard F. Losee, Southern Director
Metropolitan Water District of So. Calif.
Water Quality Laboratory
La Verne, CA 91750-3399
Phone: (909) 392-5124
FAX: (909)392-5246

Christine Hanson, Editor
County of Orange, Public Facilities & Resources Department
10852 Douglass Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone: 714-567-6307
Fax: 714-567-6220

CALMS Membership Renewals:

    Membership dues for the 1999-2000 year are due in October.
    Membership dues are not included in the NALMS Conference fee this year.
    Please send membership dues to Pete Alexander.

Note from the Editor

Please send or fax notices of meetings or workshops, information or updates on current lake projects, interesting tidbits on lake life, etc., etc., etc.!
Deadline for Spring Issue is January 15, 2000.

Send to:

County of Orange PFRD
Environmental Resources
Attn.: Christine Hanson
10852 Douglass Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone: 714-567-6307
Fax: 714-567-6220