Tearing down Silver Lake Flat Res's Dam

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Tearing down Silver Lake Flat Res's Dam

by DallanC » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:40 pm

Saw in the paper up american fork canyon, they are going to tear down the dam at Silver Lake Flat and rebuild it, increasing the lake by 5 acres. I guess the dam has exceeded its estimated lifetime and so they are going to rebuild it. They said they will net out any fish and move them to tibblefork... which to me is kindof stupid, every year they drain silverlake anyway and all but the brookies winterkill. So the current loss has been acceptable in the past, dont know why they would spend the effort to net and move fish but whatever. I hope it doesnt crash the brookie population there.

I also hope they still keep draining it in the winter, its a fantastic fun snowmobiling spot when drained each winter.


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Re: Tearing down Silver Lake Flat Res's Dam

by k2muskie » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:11 am

DallanC wrote:Saw in the paper up american fork canyon,... They said they will net out any fish and move them to tibblefork... -DallanC


Very interesting...can you give me the link to the article you saw. Reason being was I asked the same question of Mr. Cushing about netting Tiger Muskies in Newton and relocating due to the very low water and he stated great Idea but it was illegal. So within the paper you read this was there a source stating about netting and moving to tibblefork? If so, I'd like to ask Mr. Cushing about this Silver Lake Flat Resevoir netting and moving of fish and why it true this isn't considered illegal also...very interesting indeed.

Anxiously awiting whatever info you can provide DallanC...
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Re: Tearing down Silver Lake Flat Res's Dam

by DallanC » Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:26 am

k2muskie wrote:Very interesting...can you give me the link to the article you saw. Reason being was I asked the same question of Mr. Cushing about netting Tiger Muskies in Newton and relocating due to the very low water and he stated great Idea but it was illegal. So within the paper you read this was there a source stating about netting and moving to tibblefork? If so, I'd like to ask Mr. Cushing about this Silver Lake Flat Resevoir netting and moving of fish and why it true this isn't considered illegal also...very interesting indeed.

Anxiously awiting whatever info you can provide DallanC...


The article was in the Daily Herald newspaper (print version). As Tibblefork is in the same drainage, just a few miles down the canyon its probably a lesser issue relocating the fish. But I will try to dig up a link.


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Re: Tearing down Silver Lake Flat Res's Dam

by DallanC » Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:32 am

Here it is:

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/n ... 044c4.html

Fish that are now in the reservoir will be captured and moved to Tibble Fork Reservoir or elsewhere when Silver Lake Reservoir is drained for construction work.



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Re: Tearing down Silver Lake Flat Res's Dam

by k2muskie » Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:43 am

Thanks DallanC I will be sending an e-mail shortly to see why I was told this was illegal and maybe it has to do with the species of the fish and location to transplant as you indicated. But to me when some says "illegal" its illegal period dot. I'll letcha know what I find out. Didn't mean to hijack your thread.
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Re: Tearing down Silver Lake Flat Res's Dam

by k2muskie » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:06 am

Here's the reply I just received on my e-mail to Mr. Cushing about netting and moving fish in the article DallanC discussed and provided the link to:

"Good morning Kim.

I had an opportunity to discuss this article with our Central Region Aquatic Manager (Mike Slater) and our fish health folks last night at the RAC Meeting. I have been assured that the fish were not moved from Silver Lake into Tibble Fork.

Fish transfers from one water to another have to go through a fairly rigorous process. There is a health certification process that needs to be followed to assure that disease and aquatic nuisance critters are not transferred from one fishery to another. There are also political considerations that need to be addressed. So we have an approval process set up to that ends up on our Aquatic Section Chief's desk. In Utah there are private aquaculture owners that stock fish as well. The DWR believes that we need to hold ourselves and the private aquaculture folks to the same standards. They can't just move fish from anywhere and stock it anywhere without approval and neither can the DWR.

The DWR considers such an action very serious and If such a fish movement did take place without proper approval it would most certainly result in disciplinary action or perhaps even termination of the responsible employee.

I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions please let me know.

Thanks

Drew"
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