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Lake Watch 2015 – Stage 2 Announced, Volunteers Needed

Interested volunteers can go to Elm Grove Beach Friday at 7:00 a.m.

Post Date:08/06/2015

The City of Lake Elsinore has announced Stage 2 of Lake Watch 2015 requesting the assistance of volunteers from the community and regional partners.

At this time, the City of Lake Elsinore is now in its third day of a fish die off. Over the course of the last two days City staff has been able to clean up approximately 1,000 lbs. of fish.

However, today the quantity greatly increased and the City is seeking volunteers to assist tomorrow. At this point, the City is anticipating a large number of fish to surface and is aiming to be prepared with people and resources to help.

The City is requesting volunteers to pick up fish along the shoreline at any time between sunrise and sunset on Friday, August 7th. Volunteers would be asked to collect fish along the shoreline, put them into piles, place into trash bags, and our crews will come around to pick them up.

If interested, volunteers should report to Elm Grove Beach located at 500 Lakeshore Drive.

Staff and equipment will staged at this location starting at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7th.

Below are a list of recommended supplies for volunteers (if available):
Sunscreen
Hat
Sunglasses
Shovels
Lawn Racks
Snow Shovels
Rain Boots (tennis shoes, closed toe)
Water
Gloves

The City does have some of these supplies, but if you have your own, please bring them with you.
Also, the City is looking for volunteers with boats that can go out on the water to remove fish. For this, we recommend swimming pool nets or fishing nets if you have them. However, fishing nets may not work for smaller Threadfin Shad fish.

Finally, you can help by notifying the City of locations where large quantities of fish may be surfacing and/or washing up on the shoreline. Please contact Nicole Dailey at pio@lake-elsinore.org, 951-833-5497, and (951) 674-3124 ext. 204 and/or Public Works Department at (951) 674-3124 ext. 301.

WE WELCOME ANY HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

As the City continues to face high temperatures and low water levels, the vitality of the lake will continue to be threatened increasing the likelihood of ongoing fish die offs in the coming weeks. Therefore, if you are interested the City of Lake Elsinore would appreciate your support and invite you to sign up for the notification of future Lake Watch events. Sign up here.

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