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Lake Management Resources


Aeration increases dissolved oxygen in the deeper parts of a lake.  This allows aerobic bacteria to act on organic sediment.  It also helps bind sediment phosphorus so that it is less available to algae. 

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Algae Control

The objective is to prevent algae activity, particularly blue-green algae blooms.  Techniques include algaecides to kill algae, but also a number of preventive measures to reduce internal and external nutrient loading which causes excessive algae production.

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Biomass Reduction

The removal of nutrient rich material (muck) that has collected in a lake bottom by mechanical means, suctioning, or hydro-raking.  This helps reduce internal nutrient loading.  

Dam Safety

Protecting the dam from damage which could risk catastrophic problems downstream. 

Fish and Wildlife

The reduction of goose population through deterrent measures and egg addling to reduce their pollution. The control of beavers and other harmful animals that endanger our lakes.The management of fish population for sport as well as food chain considerations.

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Legal Issues

Running your lake association like the business it is by ensuring board compliance with its own bylaws, rules and regulations, and best practices.

Nutrient Sequestration

The use of alum or equivalent chemicals to sink and bind nutrients to the bottom in a floc.  

Septic Management

Educating the public to maintain septic systems by regular inspection and pumping.

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Water Quality Testing

Many factors contribute to the continued health of a freshwater body. Variations in these parameters will change the quality of the waterbody. 

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Watershed Management

The control of external nutrient loading from the watershed, including best management practices (BMPs) for stemming erosion with swales, rain gardens, etc.

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Weed Control

The objective is to prevent excessive weed growth while allowing some beneficial native species to flourish.  Techniques include use of herbicides to kill weeds and harvesting to remove weeds. 

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