Autumn beauty hangs on a little longer

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Laguna Joaquin

Late Monday afternoon at Laguna Joaquin was as pretty an almost-December day as you could hope for. The weather forecast for the rest of the week calls for more of the same, with high temperatures around 60. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Autumn beauty hangs on a little longer

Rancho Murieta's jewels of autumn

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Riverview Park

They could be rubies gathering in the palm of an old boulder at Riverview Park, but they're just autumn leaves. Here's a look at some other splashes of color in Rancho Murieta this fall. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » Read more » about Rancho Murieta's jewels of autumn

CSD adds 500 catfish to Laguna Joaquin

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Fish in Laguna Joaquin

Ten weeks after a fish kill left hundreds of fish dead in Laguna Joaquin, the Community Services District made good on the first half of its promise to restock the lake. Tuesday morning, with CSD and Rancho Murieta Association staffers on hand, Ryan Mahoney of Freshwater Fish of Elk Grove poured several barrels with 500 catfish into the lake. They'll be followed by bass, probably in several months, after the catfish have had a chance to grow. CSD paid Freshwater $2,000 for Tuesday's fish. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about CSD adds 500 catfish to Laguna Joaquin

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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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

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

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