October 17, 1997 |
Dead fish lay scattered Thursday along the shores of poisoned Lake Davis, where state fish and game officials are trying to exterminate the predatory northern pike to protect downstream trout and salmon fisheries. State workers skimmed dead pike and trout from the lake and piled them along the shore for disposal. Authorities began pouring 16,000 gallons of liquid and 60,000 pounds of powdered poison into the 7-mile-long lake shortly after dawn Wednesday.
October 16, 1997 |
Scores of state wildlife agents swooped down on this tiny eastern Sierra town Wednesday in an early morning chemical offensive against the notorious northern pike, a steel-jawed predator that many fear will decimate California's dwindling salmon population. But equally steely Portola residents fought back until the bitter end against a government that they claim is arrogantly poisoning their drinking water along with the sharp-toothed pike that have taken over Lake Davis.
September 21, 1997 |
State fish and game officials intend to proceed next month with a plan to poison pike-infested Lake Davis in northeastern California, saying they can meet waste discharge requirements adopted Friday by a regional water board. More than 50 Plumas County residents showed up at the meeting of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board, wearing "Save Lake Davis" T-shirts and expressing fears that the plan will cause long-term contamination of their drinking water and imperil their health.
April 30, 1997 |
A noisy protest by about 250 residents of Portola failed Tuesday to persuade state wildlife officials to stop plans to poison fish in a lake that provides drinking water to the Plumas County town. The state Department of Fish and Game plans this fall to kill off thousands of illegally stocked northern pike at scenic Lake Davis to keep the predatory fish from invading salmon and trout fisheries downstream.
March 22, 1997 |
When David Takahashi looks out at the snow-covered face of Lake Davis in winter, he sees 15 years of pleasure and profit. When Patrick O'Brien takes in the same elegant vista, a sparkling white blanket laced in lodgepole pine, all he sees is peril. Takahashi and O'Brien--merchant and bureaucrat--are in opposing camps of a heated battle over the placid lake, a fight that pits this tiny mountain town against a big state, the governed against the government.