Bear Lake Watch discusses water levels, phragmites treatments

The water levels at Bear Lake are above estimated levels, said Co-Executive Director David Cottle at the Bear Lake Watch meeting Saturday.Bear Lake has an inflow of 2,050 cubic feet at the causeway, and so far none of that water has been diverted. David said Bear Lake is receiving a late runoff.Claudia Cottle, co-executive director, said there will soon be a regional planning meeting for Bear Lake, like the Envision Cache Valley meetings. The planning project does not yet have an official name, but will document what Bear Lake residents envision the future of the region to be.”It will be as good a project as we make it,” Claudia said.Phragmites around Bear Lake needs to be controlled, David said, stressing that those who use treatments on their property need to carefully document the process. One of the most effective ways to treat it is to use chemicals in the fall. Another effective treatment is to cut off the seed tops, however David warned not to just cut the plant down because doing so creates a new plant. Those who need to know which chemicals to use or how to treat the plant in their area should contact David, who can be e-mailed through the Bear Lake Watch website.The Bear Lake Watch board urged its members to start getting their children and grandchildren involved.”If you look around this room, there’s a lot of gray hair going on,” Claudia said jokingly, noting that many members have older children who could take over the Bear Lake Watch reins.The future of Bear Lake and the Bear Lake Watch rests on the children of current members, she said.Phil Olsen, Bear Lake Watch Board Member, said the point of Bear Lake Watch is to make sure the lake is “clean and clear and blue and here for our children and grandchildren for many years to come.”Bear Lake Watch is open to new memberships, and those interested can go to the website,

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