Scott DeLeon - Water Services Department
When the County of Lake hired Scott DeLeon to head the Water Resources Director, they made a good choice.
has a lifetime of history in Lake County going back to the days when his
family had a resort when he
was a child.
Presently, he is heading up the Water Resources Department which used to be a part of Public Works but now is out on their own.
department is in charge of Clear Lake as well as watershed protection and flood control.
This area of responsibility includes dealing with quagga mussels and anything to do with the Lake.
Watershed also deals with water quality issues.
described a huge issue with all the illegal marijuana growing because of pesticide and other chemical runoff which is getting into the Lake.
Another big issue is the potential infiltration of quagga mussels into the Lake.
Dealing with quagga mussels is a one-person job at present, although there are a number of volunteers who make the job doable.
While this program gets a lot of complaints, particularly by boaters, Scott
said that solutions are being sought every day.
"If the quagga mussel gets into this lake people don't understand what a huge impact it will have," stated Scott
described other regions which had been infiltrated by the invasive creatures and talked about huge loss of property values.
"You can't give away properties on the lakeshore at Lake Mead nowadays," referring to the fact that the quagga mussels have invaded and really damaged that lake.
described the shells of the dead mussels as being razor-sharp - much like shards of broken glass.
Scott is also working on an integrated regional water management plan that includes other counties around the area.