Lake's ecology endangered by personal watercraft

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, May 19, 2006

I am an Auke Lake resident. At 92 years of age, I am not too concerned about noise pollution (I don't hear as well as I used to). I am very much concerned, however, about the misuse and abuse inflicted upon the ecology of this beautiful and uniquely situated natural treasure.

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A small, obviously nonthinking, noncaring and self-serving group of thrill seekers is hell-bent on condemning this jewel to a slow, torturous death by injections of hydrocarbon and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon toxins. Both recent and long-standing studies by the Auke Bay lab and other agencies document the increasing degradation of Auke Lake's water quality.

People addicted to the inane monotony of a merry-go-round sport might find even bigger thrills and challenges on open waters and leave this tiny, fragile, enclosed water system to the myriad of nonmotorized recreation enthusiasts, who along with much of the wildlife, have been disenfranchised.

Ingeborg Lorensen

Juneau



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