The first two weeks of the harvesting season are completed. Similar to last year, the season started off slow due to the water being deeper and colder, which has stunted the plant growth up to this point. Due to this, we suspended harvesting in June and focused on fragment control. We started harvesting after the July 4th holiday and are now in full operations.
I want to remind everyone of our weed pile pickup service. Weed pile pickup from individual docks is similar to the trash pickup days within our community. The times and dates are the same every week and can be found on our weekly schedule. The boat crews will only be servicing those docks that are on the schedule for that day. On your pickup day, we ask the following:
• This service is for aquatic weeds only, not lawn clippings, lawn weeds, branches, bushes, trash, etc. • The weed piles need to be in an area which is accessible for the boat crews to pick up. • Please do not inter-mix mud and rocks with the plants. This is unnecessary weight that our crews need to lift and increases costs to the TKPOA Homeowners to handle and transport. • To minimize staining of your dock, place weed piles on a trash bag or similar material close to your scheduled pick up day. On your scheduled day, we will remove both the weed pile and trash bag.
We will be transitioning to Lake Tallac for harvesting on July 26th. During this time, we will also be removing the logs and other debris that is in the water that pose a hazard. We will be staging all of this debris in the vicinity of the Dover Street Ramp until it can be properly disposed of.
On-going AIS Projects
Last week, we finished our annual macrophyte survey of the current aquatic weed density and population. Over 500 plant samples were collected from both predetermined and random points throughout our waters.
There are numerous orange buoys that are spread throughout our waterways. Attached to each of these buoys is a monitoring device for continuous data logging. For your safety, please keep your distance from any of the monitoring sensors and the crews conducting the field work. Any interference with these ongoing projects can severely hinder the overall TKPOA AIS Program.
Please utilize the Boat Backup Station that is in the West Channel. The attached link is a video that was created to educate the public on the Boat Backup procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skw6bycCkO4&feature=youtu.be. This has also been posted onto the keysweedsmanagement.org website.
The Bubble Curtain and Seabin projects that support our boat backup station have been very effective this year. So far during our monitoring, we have stopped 16.71 cubic feet (which is equivalent to approximately 125 gallons) of plant fragments from entering the lake. This project has been nominated for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s 2019 Best in the Basin Award. The Best in the Basin awards program annually recognizes and showcases public and private projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, implementation, and compatibility with Lake Tahoe’s environment and communities.