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Winter 1999 CALMS Newsletter

CALM WATERS - Web Edition

Winter 1999

Table of contents

NALMS Symposium Planning Update: Reno99
By Bill Taylor

October 1998: California Lake Management Society Conference

1998-99 CALMS Officers and Directors

Ken Burger Elected NALMS Director for Region 9

CALM Waters Feature: Meet Your Board Members
Richard Losee, Southern Director

Nature Loving
By Tom Buckowski

CALENDAR

Finding and Sharing Interesting Websites
By Hugh Marx

Note from the Editor

Reno99: Call for Papers Coming
By Curt Cress

Reno99 Sponsorship Committee Looks to Pick Brains
By Hugh Marx

Marin Municipal Water District: One of Three Water Agencies Honored for Environmental Stewardship

WAPMS Meeting To be March 24-25 in Reno, Nevada


NALMS Symposium Planning Update: Reno99
By Bill Taylor

About 20 volunteers from CALMS have agreed to serve on various conference committees, more will be needed before the end of the year. We have developed a conference theme: " WATER: 21st CENTURY GOLD". It fits in well with NALMS’ values & with the history of the Reno region.

The CALMS membership was well represented in Banff with appearances by Paul Beaty, Alex Horne, Ken Burger, Jeff Pasek, Rich Losee, Pete Alexander, Marcie Cummins and Bill Taylor. The Reno ’99 conference was shamelessly promoted in Banff. A booth was made available on the exhibit floor for our use. 800 decks of Reno Hilton playing cards were distributed to anyone willing to play a hand of 21. We raffled off two polo shirts, a NALMS mug, a NALMS tee-shirt, a leather brief case and a sweat shirt with a very rare "Water: 21st Century Gold" logo on the front. Paul Beaty was responsible for producing ten of the sweatshirts to be worn by people manning the booth. The CALMS folks took advantage of many opportunities to make contacts, ask questions and gather useful tidbits for putting on Reno ’99. Terry Thiessen, the new NALMS Conference Coordinator, demonstrated his skills at managing many of the details at Banff.

A Reno ’99 WebPages is online as part of the NALMS website. Material to enhance the webpage throughout the year will be developed through Madison and by the CALMS Promotions/website committee. CALMS needs to promote Reno heavily because of the meeting dates and the location. Travel restrictions for California State employees are very tight. This will create some attendance problems and may affect availability of technical speakers with expertise in western water issues.

The technical program is underway. About 30 technical sessions have been identified at this time, several of which highlight unique western lake and reservoir management issues. Alex Horne is leading the way for the technical program and plenary speakers. It is time to think about volunteering to develop session ideas and take the lead to put a session together. Contact Alex. The call for papers will go out in February.

Your assistance is really needed in two areas at this time: 1) We need the names of individuals or organizations for potential sponsors - contact Hugh Marx, 2) We need names of potential exhibitors - contact Terry Thiessen. In addition, imaginative individuals are needed to develop ideas for the webpage - contact Tom Buckowski. Bill Taylor is an alternate contact for any of these areas of need.


October 1998: California Lake Management Society Conference

The 13th Annual California Lake Management Conference was held October 7-9, 1998 in Corte Madera. The first of three board meetings was held on Wednesday evening, the 7th, to discuss plans for the 1999 North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) Symposium to be hosted by CALMS in Reno, Nevada. Bill Taylor of MWD, Symposium Chair, presented the latest information he had received from NALMS, and a discussion of work to be done followed.

Presentations on Thursday included sessions on the history and management of the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) watersheds and reservoirs, the San Francisco Bay Area reservoirs, lakes, and fisheries and the introduction of non-native species. A number of sessions on general water body and watershed management were held on Friday morning.

Ranger Bill Hogan presented the history of the MMWD stating that it was the first municipal water district in California; established in 1912. The Mount Tamalpais watershed and the West Marin Watershed provide 75% of the water required in southern and central Marin County. Water imported from the Russian River makes up the other 25%. The water district is funded primarily by water sales with some funds from vehicle entrance fees and permits for filming.

Mike Sweeney, Resource Specialist for the water district, continued with a discussion of the watersheds, which contain 150,000 acres of open, public lands with diverse vegetation and wildlife. Vegetation management programs and monitoring, research and restoration programs have been established. No grazing is allowed in the water district land and pesticides are not used, except for isolated, stubborn problems.

Civil engineer, John Lahaye, discussed Marin’s reservoir aeration systems. The water district has seven reservoirs totaling 80,000 acre-feet. Diffusers equipped with buoyancy system are used in the more shallow reservoirs. At the deepest dam, where the water depth is 200 feet, a hypolimnetic aerator is used.

Thursday afternoon sessions began with a presentation by Rod Jung, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, on oxygenation at Camanche Reservoir using a "Speece Cone". The reservoir had experienced anoxia near the bottom of the water column, allowing toxic levels of hydrogen sulfide to form, which resulted in fish kills downstream. The system selected had to maintain thermal stratification in the reservoir but eliminate hydrogen sulfide production. Two Speece Cones were installed in the reservoir. The Speece Cones use a manifold system to disperse the supersaturated sidestream to the hypolimnium in the deep parts of the reservoir and act as counter-current oxygen contact chambers to maximize oxygen transfer while minimizing generation of bubble plumes in the reservoir.

On Friday, a very interesting presentation was given by Rob Du Vall of UC Davis on the microbial products being sold as "miracle cures" for lakes and ponds. He is conducting laboratory tests on the products to determine if and under what conditions they work. His study is the first evaluation of the products that CALMS is aware of.


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
E-mail: Swaquatics@aol.com

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
Aquanomics
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
E-mail: palexand@ebparks.org

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
E-mail: jyp@sddpc.sannet.gov

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

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
E-mail: douglas.ball@water.ladwp.com

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
e-mail: rlosee@mwd.dst.ca.us

Christine Hanson, Editor
County of Orange, Public Facilities & Resources Department
10852 Douglass Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone: 714-567-6307
Fax: 714-567-6220
E-mail: hansonc@pfrd.co.orange.ca.us


Ken Burger Elected NALMS Director for Region 9

The new Regional Director for Region 9 is Ken Burger. Ken is Past President and Director of the California Chapter (CALMS). He is currently the Stewardship Manager for the East Bay Regional Park District, a two-county park system situated on the east side of San Francisco Bay.

Besides managing the natural resources specialists, Ken’s particular expertise is water quality management. With 90,000 acres, 56 parklands including eight recreational lakes and a diverse urban/rural setting, there are many professinal challenges.

He looks forward to his tenure and will see everyone in Reno come December!


CALM Waters Feature: Meet Your Board Members
Richard Losee, Southern Director

Rich received a Ph. D. in Botanical Limnology from Michigan State University in 1991 and has been with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California since 1993. He practices comprehensive reservoir management for drinking water quality through the application of basic limnological principals to a wide array of tasks ranging from facilities design and algae control to serving as an expert on Bay/Delta organic carbon contribution to disinfection byproduct formation potential.

He can be contacted by phone at (909)392-5124, by fax at (909) 392-5246, or by e-mail at rlosee@mwd.dst.ca.us.


Nature Loving
By Tom Buckowski

For some reason many people cannot resist feeding animals. Whether at the zoo, the park, the beach or at the campground, whatever food we may have on hand is offered to the creatures we encounter. Most of the time our food offerings are not exactly what they would be feeding on in the wild nor is it the most nutritious for them, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers and it beats working for it. But what happens after we’ve satisfied this passing need to commune with nature and we move on to our next amusement? For one, the animal’s behavior and feeding habits change. Where once these wild animals had a natural and appropriate fear of humans, they may come to prefer human company for the handouts, often to their own detriment. Dangerous wild animals such as bears, coyotes and cougars may need to be relocated or even killed when they pose a human threat. Migratory ducks may no longer migrate and take over your favorite swimming hole, resulting in water contamination that would prohibit human contact.

A few years ago the canals of Venice Beach hosted a large population of well-fed ducks that consequently came down with an avian disease that threatened wild migratory birds. In order to protect the wild migratories, the State stepped in to remove the infected ducks. But they had a real fight on their hands with some locals and the bad press about being heartless duck killers. Animal rights advocates came to the "rescue" by illegally capturing some of the diseased ducks and then "releasing them to the wild" where they could go on to infect wild populations undetected.

We have a need to re-connect with nature but our lifestyles have removed us so much from it that we don’t know how to appropriately interact with it. Perhaps merely observing and contemplating the quiet magnificence of nature could be our best first lesson. Remember that you don’t have to possess nature to belong to it.


CALENDAR

March 24-25, 1999
Western Aquatic Plant Management Society Meeting
Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV

December 1-4, 1999
CALMS 14th combines with
NALMS 19th International Symposium
Reno Hilton, Reno, NV


Finding and Sharing Interesting Websites
By Hugh Marx

I was dragged kicking and screaming into the computer age 10 years ago. I had remembered a remote sensing class where we wrote our own programs on key punch cards. I was not looking forward to a major re-education. If I knew then what I know now, I would have embraced the idea much more heartily.

Of course, the Internet has been praised and damned, and it seems all those various commentaries are valid. It is undeniable though that it is becoming a great resource. I liken it to hard rock mining where more often than not it takes a lot of work/time to get anything worthwhile. I would propose that as we locate good websites that we contribute those to a column in our newsletter. These can be either good information resources or just neat stuff.

Two good weather satellite pictures. No text or interpretation. These are updated every 15 minutes and can give you an idea of what weather is headed our way:

www.whr.noaa.gov/wrhq/CURRENT/pi.gif

lumahai.soest.hawaii.edu/gif/goes_E-W_ir.gif

For long range weather planning that does 13 different forecasts from 1.5 weeks ahead to 13 months ahead. This is a terrific site:

nic.fb4.noaa.gov/products/predictions/multi_season

Grants, free money and low cost loans:

www.swrcb.ca.gov/html/fesfund.html

Federal Government and Military Surplus. Everything from specialized weapons to audiovisual equipment, ropes, firefighting equipment, boats, and refrigerators. The list is endless.

www.drms.dla.mil/

Water quality and resource information:

water.wrusgs.gov/

www.epa.gov/owow/monitoring

Benthic Macroinvertebrates as water quality indicators. It is a quick simplified key:

osf1.gmu.edu/~avia/intro.htm

Rapid Bioassesment Protocols for in streams & rivers. A work in progress by EPA with lots of good stuff:

www.epa.gov/owow/monitoring/AWPD/RPD/bioasses.html

Calif. Dept. Of Fish and Game:

www.dfg.ca.gov/

Neat Stuff. Satellite pictures of just about anyplace in the world including your home. !!!!!!

www.terraserver.microsoft.com/

OK. The mouse is now in your screen. Please send Christine other good sites that you find and maybe we can all save ourselves that valuable commodity; time.


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 April 1, 1999.

Send to:

County of Orange PFRD
Environmental Resources
Att.: Christine Hanson
10852 Douglass Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
hansonc@pfrd.co.orange.ca.us
Phone: 714-567-6307
Fax: 714-567-6220


Reno99: Call for Papers Coming
By Curt Cress

Have you ever wanted to present a paper at an international symposium? Well, now you have a chance.

The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) will have its annual international symposium in Reno, Nevada, during the first week in December 1999. AND, CALMS is this year’s host.

The call for papers will go out the end of March, and nearly all papers submitted will be accepted. Presentations can either be verbal (with or without slides or other visual effects) or in the form of a poster.

So get ready! Even if you don’t want to submit anything, make plans to attend. It is sure to be an extremely interesting meeting.

Also, we are looking for corporate sponsors, so talk up all those vendors that are dying to sell you stuff.


Reno99 Sponsorship Committee Looks to Pick Brains
By Hugh Marx

Help: The NALMS " WATER, 21st Century Gold" Reno Sponsorship Committee needs to pick your brain. We only want small parts of it and hopefully it won’t be too painful. In fact, memory loss is minimal, but if you want to blame your other brain fades on our procedure we will be happy to provide you with a note for your wife, boss, associates, etc.

What we need are names of people, companies that you buy products or services from, rich widows with money to burn and so on. In return NALMS will give them a forum where they can showcase their services and products to 700 plus lake and water professionals with possibly a few amateurs thrown in.

A possible source might be Trade magazines. If you have professional trade magazines or journals send me a copy. We will peruse the advertisements to add those companies to our mailing list.

Another source is other professional groups that you may belong to. Get us their membership list, including corporate sponsors.

We are also interested in local vendors. The pesticide vendor that you buy all your chemicals from may be willing to donate money or products or services in order to get greater exposure to expand his or her business. We need to know their name, what affiliation and how to get in contact. If you have a relative in the business submit his their name and we will put the bite on them. Don’t be bashful. We are not above begging for sponsors.

None of this need be time consuming on your part. Just forward the pertinent information to:

Hugh Marx, Sponsor Chair
15027 Hwy 79
Julian, CA 92036
ph. (760) 765-0515
Fax (760) 765-1749
e-mail: lakcuya@electriciti.com

In return we will send you one reason for brain fade excuse that will get you out of jail will boss, spouse or associate.


Marin Municipal Water District: One of Three Water Agencies Honored for Environmental Stewardship

Three water agencies were honored in Palm Springs in October for excellence in managing natural resources.

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) awarded the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the Grassland Water District and Marin Municipal Water District its prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Environmental Award.

The award recognizes programs in natural resources management that enhance or protect the environment while meeting public needs. It is handed out each year in three program budget categories.

"These agencies are models of resource management excellence," said ACWA Executive Director Steve Hall. "Their innovative programs show us that meeting the needs of the people along with the needs of our environment can be done, and is being done all around California."

In the over $100,000 category, the Marin Municipal Water District won for its Mount Tamalpais Vegetation Management Plan. This innovative plan is a model of how water agencies can make a strong commitment to reducing fire hazard in neighboring communities, safeguarding water quality and protecting natural resources, all in an integrated approach that addresses public concerns.

ACWA’s Theodore Roosevelt Environmental Award has been awarded since 1993 to more than 15 agencies. ACWA is a statewide organization whose 440 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California.

The preceding was a portion of a news release issued by the Association of California Water Agencies, Dec 2, 1998.


WAPMS Meeting To be March 24-25 in Reno, Nevada

The Western Aquatic Plant Management Society Meeting will be held March 24-25, 1999 at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada.

There is a free hotel shuttle every half-hour from 5 am to midnight. The roomrate is $57 (single). Reservations can be made at (800) 648-6992. Be sure to indicate you are with WAPMS.

For more information on the program or submitting an abstract, contact Valerie Van Way at 916-854-3849.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, contact Patrick Thalken at (916) 324-4876. Interested in membership, contact Nate Dechoretz (916) 654-0768. $10. dues.