Comes around again the time when supervisors ritually resolve that Lakes Earl and Tolowa be artificially breached. I recommend that a natural cycle is best practice.

When we bought a home in the southeast area adjoining Lake Earl 11 years ago, the lake (the largest coastal lagoon and remaining wetlands on the West Coast) was right up to our yard, with a canoe and two kayaks on the lawn. A nearby property was advertised as lakefront.

Then the lake was breached artificially. We lost our lake prematurely. We circulated a petition on China Creek Court and Lakeside Loop advocating that the lagoon be left alone to follow its natural course. The 17 householders we reached agreed and signed (except for one person, whose spouse signed).

The properties in this area increase in value appreciably when the lagoon remains full until it self-drains. Increased valuation increases the property tax revenue. A few cattle ranchers in the north end may want artificial breaching for a short period of cattle grazing on these historic wetlands, but the interest in natural process, increased land values and resulting tax revenue are way in favor of the area overall and the dwellers on the lakes.

The lagoon has self-managed for eons, in a sensitive, natural balance with thriving growing living things like plants and creatures on and under it. It’s reported that with that in mind Fish and Wildlife will soon bridge the area on Kellogg Road minimally affected when the lagoon fills naturally.

I ask that the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors realize that the time has come to end artificial breaching, in the community’s interest and in recognition of the respect we owe to our natural surroundings.

Ralph Johansen

Crescent City