Preserve Elizabeth Lake (Part One)

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This is Part One of a presentation made to county, state, and federal officials concerning the acquisition, protection and preservation of Elizabeth Lake.

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Preserve Elizabeth Lake (Part One)

  1. 1. ELIZABETH LAKE Presented by the Lakes Town Council Inc. (Part One) Jim Walker President Chuck Kevwitch Vice President Tad Summers Secretary Karen Graham Treasurer Doris Karabinus Member Tom Hamilton Alternate Allaire Koslo Alternate
  2. 2. ELIZABETH LAKE Public Request Acquire Protect Preserve 4/28/2010 Presentation created by Jim Walker
  3. 3. Elizabeth Lake Southeastern View Photo by Jim Walker
  4. 4. General Information <ul><li>Located in northwest Los Angeles County </li></ul><ul><li>35 miles northeast of Los Angeles City limits </li></ul><ul><li>15-20 miles west of Lancaster and Palmdale </li></ul><ul><li>25 miles northeast of Santa Clarita </li></ul><ul><li>Largest natural lake in Los Angeles County </li></ul>Photos by Jim Walker
  5. 5. Rural Location - Near Major Cities
  6. 6. Elizabeth Lake <ul><li>Approximately 165 acres of open water, trees, shoreline, and wetlands </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat and life support for countless animals, birds, and fish </li></ul><ul><li>Tree and reed-lined shore </li></ul><ul><li>Place for rest, recreation, bird-watching </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2007-2008 Biological Survey <ul><li>Species </li></ul><ul><ul><li>96 bird </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 mammal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 amphibian/reptile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 butterfly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>89 native and non-native plants </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Elizabeth Lake <ul><li>Private and public side separated by levee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Levee breached on north side </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consists of one main water body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>22-30 ft. avg. depth/center of lake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four distinct lagoons - east end </li></ul></ul>Photos by Karen Graham
  9. 9. Elizabeth Lake <ul><li>Privately Held </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chain link fence perimeter (mostly damaged, removed in sections, or falling down) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ No Trespassing” signs posted </li></ul></ul>Photos by Jim Walker
  10. 10. Present Access is Illegal <ul><li>Violates posted “No Trespassing” laws </li></ul><ul><li>Nevertheless, Recreation Occurs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Swimming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 HP motor boating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canoeing and kayaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wildlife observation </li></ul></ul>Photo by Karen Graham
  11. 11. Residents Creating Access Trails <ul><li>Posting Signs </li></ul>Photos by Jim Walker
  12. 12. Public Access Can Be Denied Photo by Jim Walker
  13. 13. Nature’s Beauty Neglected
  14. 14. Our Neighbor Dumped Upon
  15. 15. Environmental Destruction Photos by Jim Walker

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