Long time residents of Black Diamond, Judy and I love our community and the unique natural beauty and colorful history we have here. Join us in learning more about our history, local wildlife, must do hikes, conservation areas to explore and the opportunities and challenges faced by our community. Craig Goodwin

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12/20/2012

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Jan D.

I was very interested to read this, as we have seen a similar reduction in milfoil (from thick to nearly non-existent in most parts) in Lake Twelve this past year. As we are cautioned by this article, human intervention can create more problems. Divine intervention is much gentler! I've prayed a lot in recent years for God's guidance in how to clean up and take care of Lake Twelve. I didn't expect weevils but as is said, "God works in mysterious ways!"At any rate, I'm grateful for the obvious reduction in milfoil and agree with standing pat and monitoring it in Lake Sawyer and Lake Twelve.

Rick Ryerse

Thank goodness for the reduction of milfoil. Ihad to remove it from my swimming area twice a year from 1974to the late 1980's. Then Black Diamond's experimental sewage system entered the lake and just about killed everything in the lake. While the milfoil was here, the dock fishing was great. You could catch crappie, perch, bass, bluegill, sunfish, kokanee, rainbows, catfish. I caught crappies up to 2 bs. Kids could catch many fish from the dock any time.
Today the fishing seems to have died. I'm not sure if it is because of over fishing, stocking triploids(they are eating machines), or the massive increase in the cormorant population. I see the cormorants systematically working the lake on a daily basis.
I would like to see a study on fish population in the lake. Is it my imagination, or has the fish population gone down? Has anyone else noticed a fish population decline?

Craig

Thanks Rick for your observations. I don't hear much about Kokanee these days but still see the bass fishermen out there. For me, a good indicator of lake health and fish population are the otters and birds. Still see the eagles and osprey and all the cormorants you noted. If there were no fish, I wouldn't expect them to be here. But I don't have any good data. Happy New Year to you.

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