Panel of Lake Management Experts Discussion at COLA's Nov 11th Annual Membership


               - Summary provided below by Alan Fedeli, COLA Board of Trustees member and Moderator for Panel discussion


I was honored to moderate the expert panel discussion at the NJ COLA Membership meeting held on 11/11/17.  We had 60 lake association members in attendance, and the exchange of ideas was excellent. 
Panelists:  Fred Lubnow, Princeton Hydro; Chris Hanlon, Aquatic Technology; Bob Schindler, Solitude: and Larry Kovar, Aquatic Analysts
Key Points:
Copper Sulphate:
Trend is to use less copper and in lower doses since copper sulphate spawns more blue green algae.
Chelated Copper:  Chelated copper is effective on both filamentous and planktonic algae in a wide range of fresh water applications. Upon application, it starts to work immediately and works extremely well—it’s far more effective than copper sulfate. When applied, it stays active (suspended in the water column) longer, rather than immediately sinking to the bottom. This allows you to use less copper, and take a more precise route to dealing with the problem.
Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs); Extensive discussion on increased emphasis on detecting and reacting to HABs.
Abraxis Strips: A quick way to test for cyanotoxins.  Algae blooms are occurring more often, and more extensively, each year, in fresh water.
Blue Dye: Benefits of shading out UV rays using blue dye was discussed.
Septic Considerations:
1. Systems don’t need to be failing to contribute phosphorus into lakes.
2. Any system 50 years old and 300 feet from the lake is contributing phosphorus.
3. Regular pumping, (e.g., 3 years) can reduce phosphorus loading by 20 to 30%  (Lubnow)
Constant Monitoring:
Important to continuously monitor for algal conditions to anticipate blooms.  Once blooms start, it is too late.
Partial Aeration:
We were able to get confirmation from the panel that an undersized aeration system can in fact lead to mixing without maintaining sufficient dissolved oxygen.
Goose Poop:
It was pointed out that geese poop on average 28 times a day, although the intern who followed these geese around to get the count remains nameless.   

Lake Mohawk Preservation honors NJ COLA's contributions at Award Event on November 17, 2017


NJCOLA received the Organization Award for lake management leadership and lake community support services.  Lake Mohawk thanks NJCOLA for its "long history of supporting the improvement of lake water quality, fostering education and exchanging information."  This event was held at the Lake Mohawk Country Club.









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