After reading a letter to the editor, I feel the need to respond.
I attended the meeting on April 7 regarding restoring Denise Lake.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game gave a very informative presentation of what they have found in Denise Lake. They stated that they did find pike in 2002, but not this past winter. This is not to say that even though they did not find pike, that there are not pike present. With only a few nets in the lake I am not surprised that they did not find any pike. Alaska Department of Fish and Game informed us that they have been using Rotenone not only in Alaska but in the Lower 48 for at least 60 years with good results to the restoring fish in lakes. They stated that when they do disperse the Rotenone that it will kill any fish that are in the lake as it goes through the gills of the fish which are sensitive to Rotenone. The statement that Rotenone causes Parkinson's was in a study in which the compound was applied topically in high concentrations with DMSO as a carrying agent (to increase absorption), and is not pertinent to the concentration in restoring aquatic habitat. Fish and Game informed us that although Rotenone is highly concentrated when they receive it, it is diluted to only a minute amount to disperse in the lake. Fish and Game will stock the lake the following spring so as to restore the feeding habitat for wildfowl. Fish and Game stated that Rotenone will not harm any mammals or fowl, so our loons and other wildlife will not be harmed. I believe from what Fish and Game presented that Rotenone will not get into our wells. It was clear the Fish and Game agencies nationwide have done their research on Rotenone.
There were some residents at the meeting who were opposed to restoring Denise Lake with the use of Rotenone, this was not the majority. Other residents at the meeting came to learn and be informed by Fish and Game so we could better understand and decide what might be best for the lake.
I have lived on Denise Lake for 10 years and plan to retire here. I will continue to swim and kayak in/on the lake after it has been treated with Rotenone. I hope Alaska Department of Fish and Game proceeds with Rotenone and restores Denise Lake. Restoring Denise Lake is not only for us presently, it is for future wildlife and residents as well and to help curtail predator species (pike) from devastating the salmon migration into the Kenai River.
Denise Lake Resident
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