The subject of fences in our modern era and their impact on wildlife, especially along roads with speeding cars, is one that deserves close scrutiny. Ojai Wildlife League (OWL) members attended the May 26, 2010, Casitas Water Board Meeting where increased fencing with barbed wire on top was approved. (see link below to minutes) Here is the first of a series of Letters addressing this issue.
Subject: Lake Casitas Fence
Dear Ojai Wildlife League supporters,
An important issue has come to our attention. The Lake Casitas Water District board has voted to put up a six- foot fence with barbed wire at the top along the lake, starting at the motor home storage area to the damn. They are leaving only a few very small and inadequate areas in which larger animals can access the lake.
After looking at this situation, and speaking at their May 26, 2010, board meeting against the proposal to no avail, we are going to contact Mr. Jack Collins, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , the Bureau of Reclamation*. We feel that they have in no way provided adequate access to the lake for wildlife and are creating a very hazardous situation for both wildlife and people using the road adjacent to the proposed fence.
Their claim of protecting the lake from potential boaters avoiding inspection does not hold water, excuse the pun, as boat access in that area would be extremely difficult, if not impossible.
Their real motivation is to prevent anyone from getting into the lake area without paying a fee. We ask, does their small amount of missed fees warrant the harm this will cause to our wildlife?
We don’t think so.
Please write Mr. Jack Collins at email@example.com a quick email expressing your concern for wildlife access to Lake Casitas, and your opposition to this fence. The power is in numbers, so please take a few minutes to write a short note.
OWL is also writing a letter, but numbers count. Individual letters are crucial.
Remember, this is our drinking water. We are also requesting that the current practice of allowing the use of LEAD sinkers be prohibited at the lake.
Thanks for your help.
Lake Casitas Water Board: http://www.casitaswater.org/boardofdirectors/boardofdirectors.htm
May 26, 2010 Lake Casitas Minutes: http://www.casitaswater.org/boardinformation/min10/5-26-10min.pdf
*Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=32285 To voice your concerns contact Mr. Jack Collins, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at 559-349-4544 or 559 487-5933, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.