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    Stormy Lake closed to watercraft, aircraft due to elodea

    Posted: May 23, 2013 - 9:00pm











    Clarion staff report
    The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has closed Stormy Lake to watercraft and aircraft for the summer season while government officials assess and seek to control spreading of the invasive aquatic plant, elodea.
    According to a State Parks press release, the recommendation to close Stormy Lake, located within the Captain Cook State Recreation Area near Nikiski, was made by a state and federal agency working group seeking to address elodea infestation on the Kenai Peninsula.
    In the fall of 2012, elodea was found in Stormy and Daniels lakes. This summer, government officials plan to treat the infestation in both lakes.
    Elodea infestations can be severe. Ecological impacts include reduced water quality, increased sedimentation, native vegetation displacement, and degraded salmon spawning habitat. The plant can be easily spread from small fragments picked up by watercraft or aircraft and transported to other waters where it can reproduce asexually from plant parts.
    For more information, contact the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state park office at 907-262-5581.
    Dragonfly Aero
    Seaplane Instruction
    Homer, Alaska

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    As long as they close it to all craft contacting the water I can respect the ruling for now until further action and assessments are made.
    CFII Amphibion

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    • #3
      There is no doubt that the subject of invasive species has a major potential to restrict seaplane operations in future. It seems that officialdom is taking a good approach to this infestation, by closing the infected lakes to all craft, while trying to rid the lakes of the problem. I wish them the best of luck.

      Mike

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      • #4
        Uh, Oh.....: http://www.adn.com/slideshow/photos-...se-weed-survey

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        • #5
          It has been growing in Beluga Lake here in Homer since the late 1960s. We had to take samples from the lake as school projects. For a few years they poisoned it and that worked. And they also let high tides fill the lake with sea water. ( It was originally a tidal slough anyway) and a few years ago they had a cool boat with paddle-wheel gizmos that ripped the weeds out of the lake by the dump truck load. BUT they have not done anything in the last couple of years and it is very hard to taxi in some areas without loading up your rudder. And of course more weeds on rudders increases the chances of the weeds being spread.
          Dragonfly Aero
          Seaplane Instruction
          Homer, Alaska

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