The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled two public meetings to discuss proposed rehabilitation of several fishing waters in eastern Washington during the fall of 1999 and spring of 2000.
Proposed rehabilitators on waters in Grant and Adams counties will be discussed during a Moses Lake meeting at 7 p.m., June 29 at the Moses Lake Fire Station, 701 East Third Avenue. Waters involved are Lenice, Merry, and Nunnally lakes near Beverly; Quincy and Burke lakes near Quincy; Beda and Brookies lakes on the Winchester Wasteway, and North Teal, South Teal, Herman, Lyle, and Thread lakes near Othello.
A meeting at 7 p.m., July 13, at the Medical Lake City Hall, 124 S. LeFevre St., will address proposed rehabs of North Silver and Silver lakes in Spokane County.
Populations of undesirable fish species such as carp or tench have grown in these lakes, diminishing trout populations and, in some cases, waterfowl production. 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.
During the meetings WDFW fish biologists will present the lake rehabilitation proposals, answer questions and take public comment.