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

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

Happy New Water Season to you!

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Diversion

Tuesday was Nov. 1, the start of the season when the community is allowed to divert water from the Cosumnes River into our reservoirs. We started sending river water to Lake Calero, above, first thing in the morning, according to Paul Siebensohn, director of field operations for the Community Services District. Siebensohn, in his position for nine years, said as far as he can recall, this is the first Nov. 1 when the Cosumnes had sufficient flow to allow diversion. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Happy New Water Season to you!

RMA will spend $31,000 for Joaquin pumps

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Red squareSee the RMA meeting on video here

Taking a step to address the problem of midge flies at Laguna Joaquin, the Rancho Murieta Association board Tuesday night approved the purchase of five pumps, for $31,368, to oxygenate the water, despite concerns that it's doing the work of the Community Services District. The board also got an update on the community’s fiber network and TV/internet subscriber counts. Read more » about RMA will spend $31,000 for Joaquin pumps

Fun run and environmental fair at Calero

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SOLOS Halloween

The Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces Halloween fun run/walk and environmental fair took place Saturday morning at Lake Calero. The two-mile trip around our drinking-water lake provided a look at water levels and areas where development is planned. Tables staffed by SOLOS volunteers offered maps showing Sacramento County plans for future development along Highway 16, as well as information on Rancho Murieta’s environment and local development plans. Read more » about Fun run and environmental fair at Calero

County meeting about Kiefer Landfill Monday

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The county will hold a community meeting about the Kiefer Landfill 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District #58, 7250 Sloughhouse Road. The meeting will focus on proposed use of buffer lands around Kiefer Landfill, which is on  Kiefer Boulevard in Sloughhouse, about six miles from Rancho Murieta. There’s a summary of the plans here. The planning area was the subject of an environmental review and community meetings in 2012 and 2013. County representatives will be on hand for Monday’s meeting. Read more » about County meeting about Kiefer Landfill Monday

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