Cosumnes is topic at SOLOS annual meeting

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SOLOS meeting

Three dozen people gathered at the Rancho Murieta Association Building Wednesday night for the annual membership meeting of Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces (SOLOS), which tries to influence development. They heard a presentation by Melinda Frost-Hurzel, physical engineer with the Cosumnes River Watershed Coalition. She spoke about the group’s work and the river, which faces a range of challenges. Frost-Wurzel said she visits Rancho Murieta often to participate in fish counts. Last year, she said, 1,247 salmon were counted on the fish ladders here. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Cosumnes is topic at SOLOS annual meeting

Video: CSD is solar-powered (and saving money)

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The Community Services District has thrown the switch on its solar power system. In its first first month of operation, the wastewater-plant solar array, which also powers the CSD offices and warehouse, provided 95 percent of the power being consumed. A second CSD solar array, which will power the water treatment plant, is awaiting final SMUD approval. Read more » about Video: CSD is solar-powered (and saving money)

West Nile virus found in Murieta dead bird

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A dead bird found this week on Nueva Drive has tested positive for West Nile virus – the first infected bird found in Murieta this year. It’s not necessarily a cause for alarm, but it is reason to take precautions. Read more » Read more » about West Nile virus found in Murieta dead bird

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

Murieta listens and speaks out on fish kill

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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

40 people at RMA over fish kill concerns

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See a video recording of the RMA meeting (1 hour, 55 minutes)

About 40 people attended Tuesday evening’s Rancho Murieta Association meeting to air concerns about last week’s Laguna Joaquin fish kill and how the Community Services District handled the situation and how it manages the lake. They heard a detailed explanation from Ed Crouse, the CSD’s interim general manager. The RMA’s Maintenance crew got applause for its long Saturday of picking up hundreds of dead fish. Full coverage of the meeting is upcoming at RanchoMurieta.com. Read more » about 40 people at RMA over fish kill concerns

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

Recyclables will be a challenge, CSD told

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The community will have to get inventive to meet state goals for diverting recyclable materials by 2020, the Community Services District board was told last week. Read more » Read more » about Recyclables will be a challenge, CSD told

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