Second Dye Study Scheduled Monday June 20th, 2016
As part of our ongoing planning and efforts to get the aquatic invasive weeds in our lagoons under control, the Association is conducting two dye studies this summer.
Approved by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, the studies will use colorless, harmless rhodamine WT dye (the same as was used in a previous test in the Tahoe Keys in 2011) to assess water movement in the lagoons.
One of the dye studies started the week of May 30 in the Main Lagoon near the west channel to study water movement in that area. A few new buoys were installed and monitoring occurred for a few days, but there was no effect to boating.
A second part to the first dye study in the Main Lagoon near the west channel will start on Monday, June 20 and extend through the week. You’ll notice some additional boats and TKPOA contractors performing some monitoring, but there should again be no effect to boating.
The second dye study is now tentatively planned for mid-July and will include the use of containment barriers – curtains hung in the water from a line of buoys anchored to the bottom – in certain lagoons that will impede boating.
As we get closer to the barrier test, affected homeowners and renters will be informed of the specifics of that plan, and the Association will work with affected boaters to find alternative docks for the duration of the test. This test will last at least two weeks.
Please be on the lookout for upcoming notifications with the specifics on the containment barriers, and contact the Association with any questions. To find out more about our work to reduce weeds and improve water quality, please go to www.keysweedsmanagement.org.