From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about mosquito abatement efforts.
M. Smith in Fernley wrote in saying that he (or she) saw the News 4 story on Washoe County's mosquito abatement efforts. "M" wants to know if Lyon County plans to spray for mosquitos as well?
Joe checked with Lyon County Manager Jeff Page about this issue. Mosquito abatement is handled in three different areas in Lyon County.
In the city of Fernley, the Parks Department oversees spraying and other abatement measures. They focus primarily on the wetlands areas within city limits.
City Manager Chris Good said they budget $100,000 per year for mosquito abatement efforts.
There are also two general improvement districts, where residents pay separate taxes to support mosquito abatement. One is central Lyon County, where they focus on the Carson River, and the other is Mason Valley, where they used fixed-wing aircraft to spray about 200 square miles to fight mosquitos.
So, Lyon County has an extensive mosquito abatement program, funded in different ways depending on who is in charge and where you live.