Dr. Harry Lyons to Speak on Efforts to Improve Clear Lake

The Redbud Audubon Society is looking forward to hosting Dr. Harry Lyons, this Thursday, Feb. 21 at its monthly program meeting at the Lower Lake Methodist Church Social Hall, 16255 Second St. in Lower Lake starting with refreshments at 7 p.m.

Dr. Lyons has graciously agreed to step in to provide the group’s monthly program as the scheduled speaker, Jo Ellis of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation had to re-schedule her talk.

Harry Lyons has lived in Lake County for over 40 years, for much of that time conveying scientific information on Clear Lake to two generations of college students. The Emeritus Professor of Biology/Ecology from Yuba College grew up in Brooklyn, attended Rutgers College and Stanford University, and was awarded a PhD in Oceanography as a National Science Fellow from the Scripps Institution of the University of California.

He currently pursues his interest in water by serving as a director of the Lake County Resource Conservation District and as a founding member of the Middle Creek Restoration Coalition. He has been appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to the Blue-Ribbon Committee for the Restoration of Clear Lake.

Dr. Lyons will be speaking about the current efforts to improve the health of Clear Lake; the title of his program is: Working the Watershed. He asks the question: “Who toils for the health of Clear Lake by working on improving conditions upstream?” He will be presenting a partial list and explanation of organizations created for or charged with reducing the overfeeding of the lake by its tributaries. “A small army of volunteers interacting with an equal number of paid professionals in a dozen local, state, and federal agencies push to enhance water quality through reducing nutrient input,” Dr. Lyons explains.

Lyons and fellow professor, Rick McCann, will perform music inspired by both those who support efforts for Clear Lake restoration and those who do not. “A quiet war is being waged and the outcome is uncertain: why not listen to a report from the front?” Lyons asks.

The Redbud Audubon Society is one of the oldest continuously operated conservation organizations in Lake County. For more information, go towww.redbudaudubon.org.