In the new year, Inyo-Mono officials will apparently face up to the threat of the aquatic pest known as quagga mussel. Fear of that pest caused DWP to severely limit use of Klondike Lake and in recent weeks, officials from many agencies sat down to talk about the threat.quagga_mussel

Water Director Bob Harrington revealed at a recent Inyo Supervisors’ meeting that he and Supervisor Marty Fortney met with representatives of Caltrout, DWP, the Forest Service and Mammoth Community Water District to talk about regional quagga mussel control.

Harrington said officials identified the need to look at the Tahoe area where an ordinance was passed requiring that controls be implemented. Harrington said that the Tahoe Regional Planning Authority apparently initiated the ordinance.

He said that Forest Service representatives were not sure of jurisdictional issues. More meetings are expected in 2010. So far, quagga mussels have not been discovered in the Eastern Sierra. So far, DWP is the only agency that has taken proactive steps to protect against the aquatic pest with inspections at Crowley Lake and Diaz Lake and restricted entry to Klondike.

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