I just spoke with Bruce at the water district and they seem very positive about working out a solution to allow us to continue boating at the Pond. Bruce will be meeting with his superiors later today to discuss our proposals and hopefully come up with a plan to allow our boats back into the Pond on a regular basis. Keep those fingers crossed and prayers coming!
For now the Pond is still closed, BUT, they were understanding enough to allow us to hold our D&D tournament this Saturday! Yeah!!!! I am still working out the details with Parks & Rec. for the boat inspections and number of boats etc. but we are on for Saturday! We will discuss format and all these details at tonight’s meeting. Thanks for your continued patience; we hope to have a final resolution soon.
Mark & the Mussel Team
Chuck and I just finished our meeting with SCV Water District and SC Parks & Rec. I believe the meeting went well and they were very receptive to our ideas however the Pond is still closed to all boating. This is a good time for everyone to understand how lucky we are to have use of this facility. We are very well respected and liked by both of these agencies and that has been the main reason we still operate at this prime spot. I cannot begin to express how fragile our lease agreement is with the County, and how important it is to stay squeaky clean and continue to give back to the community like we have for so many years. Thank you to all the long time club members and previous club members who have laid the ground work for this club to still be using the Pond today. Great work!!
The water district is in a tough spot trying to lay out a program that is consistent across the board for everyone. Bruce from the district is going to take our proposals and “mull” them over with his staff to see if they can make them work. Hopefully he will have some answers for us the early part of next week. We need to stay patient here, because if we push the situation we could be out for good! They sounded very receptive to our specific needs to open the Pond for special events like our tournaments and Learn to Ski Days, but as we know that would be a small fix for this very big problem.
We are working on this and hope to have a resolution soon, so please be patient, say a few prayers, keep your fingers crossed, and above all – STAY OUT OF THE POND- for now.
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I attended a Board Meeting of the Santa Clara County Water District today at 1000 hrs. The reason I attended was there was talk of a boating ban on all resouvoirs in Santa Clara County. The ban is because of the influx of the Zebra muscle to waterways. These organisms can play havoc to the environment if introduced plus cost the County millions to clean pipes etc etc. I attempted to present our side to the Board concerning our limited use of other waterways, limited number of boats (45), and the vast majority of us live in Santa Clara County. Due to the price of gas not a lot of us our towing our boats to other locations outside the County. Evidently this muscle has invaded a resoivoir in Southern CA. and has not been detected in Northern CA. The County sent divers to Calero a number of weeks ago and they reported none of these muscles were located. The Board listened to two other representive from the boating industry who hit on the same points. One of the main points being that Calero and Anderson are not big draws whereby you have people from all over the state bringing their boats in. The board voted 4 to 3 to ban all boating in Santa Clara County for at least 2 weeks. The 2 weeks are to allow the County to set up inspection procedures for Calero, Anderson, and Coyote. There will also be a fee involved, but that hasn’t been determined as of yet. There will be an article about the ban in the Mercury on Wednesday, and there should be talk about it on tonights news.
The ban starts tomorrow, Wednesday May 14. Unfortunately that ban includes our perculation pond. I remind everyone that we have a use permit that is for the whole club and hopefully that won’t
be jepordized by individuals acting on their own. I will keep you updated and we will discuss this issue at our Thursday Board Meeting. I am sorry to tell you this but the pond is closed starting May 14 until further notice.
Jeff Bense, President
Classroom on Friday May 16th, 5:00 p.m.
On-Water Saturday, May 17th, 9:00 a.m.
Location: Classroom at Sacramento State Aquatic Center, Upstairs
Bell Acqua Lake 2 for driver testing on Saturday
Instructors: Larry Goodwin, Mike Martens, Janice Garrett