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Letter: Concerning Grand Lake clarity

To the Editor:

First, I thought your reporter did an excellent job of reporting on the Nov. 20 meeting [about Grand Lake clarity and fish].

Mr. Gasner thinks that a 4-meter clarity standard is unreasonable. My grandfather built a cabin on the south shore of Grand Lake in 1898. In some diaries of his, he recorded catching 100 trout in a few hours for fish fries for the several families around the Lake on several occasions.

I was born in 1930 and have been at Grand Lake every year since with the exception of a few years in the U.S. Navy. Until the C-BT started pumping in 1953, we pumped Lake water to a tank above our house; we drank that untreated. No one got sick! My family members and friends took many trout from the Lake.

In 1946, I worked the summer at the Marina. On many early mornings, to earn a little extra, I rowed for tourists as they fished. They always did well.

We could see down 30 to 40 feet on a calm day (that is more like 9 to 12 meters.) There were plenty of trout: brookies, cutthroat, rainbows as I recall. There were no lake trout or kokanee. These have been introduced to our waters in more recent years.

A 4-meter standard is more than reasonable.

Canton (Scally) O’Donnell

Grand Lake

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