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July 07, 1999
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073

More public meetings on proposed fishing lake treatments

SPOKANE—The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has set two more public meetings to discuss proposed fishing lake rehabilitations in northeast Washington.

WDFW fish biologists will discuss the rehabilitation proposal for Diamond and Marshall lakes in Pend Oreille County at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. July 20 at the Diamond Lake Grange Hall, just off Highway 2 south of Diamond Lake.

The rehabilitation proposal for Hatch Lake will be discussed at 7 p.m. July 21 at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) northeast office meeting room, 225 S. Silke Road in Colville,

An earlier announced meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 13 at Medical Lake City Hall to discuss Silver and North Silver lake proposed rehabilitations.

Populations of stunted yellow perch and/or bass and other undesirable fish have grown in these lakes, reducing trout populations. Lake rehabilitation involves treatment of the water with the natural chemical rotenone to kill fish. Rotenone is non-persistent in the environment and is not toxic to humans at the levels used to control fish. After treatment, lakes are re-stocked with hatchery trout to restore sport fishing.

WDFW fish biologists will present the lake rehabilitation proposals at the scheduled meetings, answer questions and take public comment.