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Underwater weed whacking at Martis Creek Lake

Sierra Sun/Greyson HowardDave Lass of Trout unlimited cuts weeds from the boat while volunteers from Adventures Cross Country rake it up in Martis Creek Reservoir Wednesday. the cleanup aims to restore previous conditions to the lake, cooling the temperature, and making it a better fishery.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Under the guidance of Trout Unlimited and the Army Corps of Engineers, a group of volunteers took on a day of weed whacking and#8212; underwater.

On Wednesday, the volunteers from Adventures Cross Country out of Mill Valley, Calif., waded into Martis Creek Lake to cut and clear out plant life contributing to the warming of the body of water, which has made it uninhabitable for Trout and other cold water fish.

and#8220;This was the first still water wild trout fishery designated in California,and#8221; said Dave Lass, Northern California field organizer for Trout Unlimited. and#8220;But there was a ton of development in Northstar after that, and plants you never saw before here started raising the temperature.and#8221;

That meant the loss of a cold water fishery for trout, and blue gills and other warm-water species eventually took over.

and#8220;Our small mitigation is to actually remove all the weeds,and#8221; Lass said.

The Adventures Cross Country volunteers were participating in a California Service Trip that had taken them to Yosemite, the Muir Woods and Truckee to help out on environmental projects, said Jenae McCarroll, spokeswoman for the group.

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