October work at South's 'Lost Lake'

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The Community Services District will be lowering the water level in the South's "Lost Lake," formally known as Basin 5, from Monday through Oct. 27. Work, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., will at times include heavy equipment. You're asked to stay out of areas that are barricaded. The basin is between the fifth green, Reynosa Drive and Celebrar Street. Read more » about October work at South's 'Lost Lake'

First step is set in Laguna Joaquin cleanup

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Laguna Joaquin

The RMA and CSD are planning a three-day effort to improve Laguna Joaquin – a prelude to a full study of the lake, involving the community, this fall. (Click photo for larger image.)

Community organizations are about to undertake the biggest cleanup in Laguna Joaquin’s 45-year history, though the work will fall short of the often-heard request to drain the lake, muck it out and start over again. Read more » Read more » about First step is set in Laguna Joaquin cleanup

River water is reaching Laguna Joaquin again

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There will be a formal announcement Monday, but the Community Services District confirms what a RanchoMurieta.com member posted Saturday: A ditch construction project is complete, and Cosumnes River water is flowing once again into Laguna Joaquin. Read more » Read more » about River water is reaching Laguna Joaquin again

Murieta listens and speaks out on fish kill

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Fish kill meeting

Neighbors spoke at the RMA about last week's fish kill on Laguna Joaquin. (Click photo for larger image.)

Murietans attended two community meetings this week, attempting to understand last week’s fish kill at Laguna Joaquin, to voice their concerns and to hear explanations by the community’s governing organizations. Read more » Read more » about Murieta listens and speaks out on fish kill

Signs Laguna Joaquin is already on the mend

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The findings aren’t yet conclusive, but there are signs Laguna Joaquin may be starting to recover from the chemical application that killed hundreds of fish last week. Tests Monday and Tuesday found improving oxygen levels in the man-made lake. Read more » Read more » about Signs Laguna Joaquin is already on the mend

CSD answers questions about the fish kill

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Pontoon boat

An RMA crew worked from a pontoon boat Saturday morning, picking up dead fish on Laguna Joaquin.

The Community Services District, which has said nothing about the circumstances of this weekend’s fish kill in Laguna Joaquin, spoke Sunday afternoon.  Ed Crouse, the interim general manager, fielded questions. Read more » Read more » about CSD answers questions about the fish kill

Laguna Joaquin littered with dead fish

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Fish in barrel

An RMA crew pulled barrels full of dead fish from the surface of Laguna Joaquin Saturday.

[Fourth update, 5:35 p.m. Saturday] Workers spent all day Saturday clearing Laguna Joaquin of hundreds of dead fish, possibly killed by an herbicide used to address a toxic algae bloom there. The Rancho Murieta Association said the crews, in two boats, finished clearing the lake surface at 5:30 p.m., and they weren't seeing more floating fish. Read more » Read more » about Laguna Joaquin littered with dead fish

CSD committee OKs bid to drill emergency well

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Improvements Committee

CSD Director Les Clark, left, discusses a point with Paul Siebensohn, director of field operations, right.

The Community Services District moved closer to adding to the community’s water supply options this week when the CSD Improvements Committee recommended approval of a bid to drill a well.  The project requires board approval and an access agreement for the well site to proceed. Read more » Read more » about CSD committee OKs bid to drill emergency well

CSD directors poke at Security study

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A study of Rancho Murieta Security operations, which is supposed to map the department’s future in a growing community, is months behind schedule, and Community Services District directors expressed growing frustration at last week’s board meeting. Read more » Read more » about CSD directors poke at Security study

Laguna Joaquin levels fall, flies increase

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Video of the July RMA meeting (46 minutes)

Laguna Joaquin's level has been dropping, the Rancho Murieta Association board was told at its meeting Tuesday night, and the lake will continue to drop for as long as work continues on the pipe that brings it water from the Cosumnes River. Read more » Read more » about Laguna Joaquin levels fall, flies increase

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