Volunteer Guidelines for Safely Removing Water Lettuce Version 2, Oct. 15, 2020
The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Lake has become infested with an invasive plant called Water Lettuce. Unless controlled it can take over the Lake and hurt the fish and birds that depend on the aquatic plants and plankton there. Small patches were noticed in early September and it has spread at an alarming rate. While it is unlikely that it can be totally eradicated, it can be kept in check.
· Observe social distancing and wear a mask.
· Be cautious for yourself and others when you use tools.
· Watch for slippery mud, plants with sharp ends and thorns, and roots to trip you.
· Be alert for your safety and your family’s safety. We can provide little if any supervision because of COVID.
· Your safety is your own responsibility and at your own risk.
HOW TO REMOVE WATER LETTUCE:
· Wear rugged clothing and boots or shoes.
· Bring a leaf rake or old pool net; large trash bags; drinking water; and optionally gloves;. (On weekend mornings there may be trash bags and a few rakes and nets available to borrow at the amphitheater.)
· Walk to the Wildlife Lake with your equipment and find a location where you can stand next to the water near the Water Lettuce. It moves with winds, so it may not be near all land areas.
o Do not enter the water.
o Do not trample plants.
· Rake Water Lettuce toward the shore. Scoop it up.
· Drain the Water Lettuce and place it in a large trash bag.
o Leave the plants whole, including their roots, the fuzzy stuff. Do not cut them. They can regrow from pieces left behind.
o Pick up and bag what you drop. Small WL plants will grow if they get back in the water.
· When the bag is full, take it to the edge of the main path. Take care you don’t block the path.
· If you are not too exhausted, repeat, filling another bag.
· Remove any green stuff from your boots/shoes to avoid spreading Water Lettuce to the LA River or other body of water when you are finished.
· A video with information for you is at https://youtu.be/qatC_7IstMQ.
· Share your effort by posting photos on social media. Link your Instagram postings to @sfvaudubon. Use the hashtag #InvasiveWaterLettuceChallenge to get them on CA State Senator Henry Stern’s social media.
Click HERE for a short video about the effort to remove water lettuce.
Tuesday, Nov. 24,
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee Meeting
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Burned in Sept. 5 Fire
All On-Site Activities Cancelled
Check out Page 14 about the Basin fire: