IWLA POND WATER TEST RESULTS
The water tests results have been received . The main analysis revealed that no pesticide or herbicide was detected. The results of the inorganics (ph, alkalinity, total hardness, etc.) all looked within expected ranges of a healthy pond.
Our water samples were also tested for metals. According to Reliance Laboratories, the maximum allowable mg./L(milligrams per liter) in drinking water for lead is 0.015mg/L (our sample was 0.047 mg/L); aluminum 0.05/L (ours 0.069 mg/L); iron 0.03 mg/L (ours 0.57 mg/L); manganese 0.05 mg/L (ours 1.77 mg/L). So, even though our water samples tested higher than drinking water standards, it is our considered opinion that our water is normal for a pond.
It is the collective belief of the Pond Committee that the fish die-off was the result of a combination of factors:
(1) High temperatures without rainfall for two weeks preceding the die-off. As temperature increases, its capacity to carry dissolved gases( including dissolved oxygen) decreases.
(2) Possibly too many fish in the pond for the concentration of available dissolved oxygen. Hence carrying capacity was exceeded.
(3) The pond aerators seemed to be operating at greatly reduced efficiency during the die-off period, thereby providing less oxygen for the fish.
As a result, the Pond Committee is in the process of purchasing additional aeration equipment and intends to install it as soon as possible.
The good news is that there has been no further fish die-off since the July episode. The fish log reflects active fishing by members and guests during the past month with all varieties of fish being caught . In addition, all fish appear to be very healthy.
Based on the water test results, normal fishing can resume, and fish may be taken for consumption.
Please log in your catches at the pavilion after each fishing trip, so we can better manage the fish population.
THE POND COMMITTEE
August 20, 2017
4 Acre Fishing Pond
The Leetown pond covers approximately 2 ½ acres and has an average depth of 5 ft. The pond is open to all club members, their families, and guests. Species of fish include large mouth bass, bluegills, crappie, bullhead and channel catfish.
In the late summer of 2007 the pond became choked with a variety of unwanted aquatic plants, causing an increase in turbidity and reduced aeration, resulting in a fish kill. In May, 2008, with the permission of the state biologist, 40 grass carp, a species that originated in China and is used today for aquatic weed control, were introduced into the pond, with excellent results. Oxygen levels have also stabilized with the installation of three aerators in 2009.
Every summer the Izaak Walton chapter and the Jefferson County Parks Department sponsor a children’s fishing derby, with over 100 participants. Prizes are awarded for the most fish and the largest fish caught.
REVISED BOAT STORAGE POLICY - EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
All boats stored on the boat rack adjacent to the Upper Pond at the IWLA Jefferson County Chapter are to be registered with the Pond Committee. The annual storage fee of $10.00 should be paid by December 31, 2016, by those members who want to continue using the storage rack for the 2017 calendar year.
The fees should be paid to Pond Committee Representative, Savinder Jaspal, at (304) 629-8864. Upon receipt of payment, an updated sticker will be issued for application on your stored boat. In addition, to the renewal sticker, a new lock will be issued by the Pond Committee to all storage renters . This new lock is to be used to secure the member's boat to the storage rack. One key will be issued to the member and the other key will be retained by the Pond Committee. The purpose of this new procedure is to allow the Pond Committee to temporarily remove all stored boats in order to make repairs or improvements to the storage rack. All other locks should be removed from the stored boatsno later than 12-31-2016.
Members who want to continue to store their boat on an ongoing basis should pay the annual storage fee no later than December 31st for the next succeeding calendar year.
Members who choose not to renew their boat storage into 2017, are expected to remove their boat by December 31, 2016. Vacated boat storage space will be available on a first come basis. Interested members should contact Savinder Jaspal.
ATTENTION: DURING 2016, TWO BOATS WERE REMOVED FROM THE IWLA BOAT STORAGE RACK BY THE POND COMMITTEE FOR LACK OF OWNER REGISTRATION AND NONPAYMENT OF THE STORAGE FEE. AT THE DISCRETION OF THE POND COMMITTEE, THOSE BOATS WILL BE EITHER AUCTIONED OFF, OR THE POND COMMITTEE WILL ASSUME POSSESSION FOR IWLA USE NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2017.
EFFECTIVE 9-20-2016, IF THE $10.00 STORAGE FEE IS NOT PAID BY JANUARY 31st OF THE STORAGE YEAR , THE AFFECTED BOAT(S), WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE STORAGE RACK BY THE POND COMMITTEE, AND THE VACATED SPACE WILL BE ALOTTED TO OTHER IWLA MEMBERS, ON A FIRST COME BASIS.
IWLA JEFFERSON COUNTY CHAPTER
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016