Impervious Surfaces and Lakes: What’s the Connection?

Impervious Surfaces and Lakes: What’s the Connection?

Impervious Surfaces and Lakes: What’s the Connection? I just returned from the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention in Green Bay.  After giving my own talk, I attended other presentations including one on the impact of impervious surfaces on lakes.  Here is what I learned: Impervious surfaces include hard, man-made structures like roofs, driveways, patios, and … Read More »

Water Matters

Water Matters

Is water quality important to you?  If so, you ought to know about the Freshwater Society (FWS) with its offices in Anoka and Excelsior. Here are some of its programs: Organize community clean-ups for water quality to reduce phosphorous flow into lakes and streams. Host conferences on road salt. Lead a nutrient sampling program for … Read More »

Lake Conditions—Part 2

Lake Conditions—Part 2

Lake Conditions—Part 2 Algal blooms are not only unsightly, but may contain cyanobacteria capable of producing toxins that in high concentration can kill animals and, depending on the concentration, can sicken people.  Dogs, in particular, are vulnerable. What is the recreational condition of our lakes? EPA has just completed studies to find out.  They measured … Read More »

Some Surprising History

Some Surprising History

Some Surprising History A growing number of lake lovers are becoming more and more aware of an organism called blue-green algae.  Technically these creatures are not algae at all but are a unique type of bacteria called Cyanobacteria. Unfortunately, these life forms have the ability to produce toxic chemicals that pose health risks to people … Read More »

DNR Round Table

DNR Round Table

DNR Round Table Each year the Minnesota DNR brings together a wide range of conservationists from around the state to learn about Department plans and to give attendees the chance to respond and offer suggestions.  This year’s event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul January 4-5.  I would guess 300 plus … Read More »

Cyanobacteria 101: Blue-green Algae

Cyanobacteria 101: Blue-green Algae

Cyanobacteria 101 (Blue-green algae) There is growing concern over those tiny algae-like creatures, commonly called blue-green algae.  Technically they are a type of bacteria that is commonly found in ponds and lakes.  The acronym for these creatures is HAB (harmful algae blooms.)  The fall issue of LakeLine, journal of the North American Lake Management Society … Read More »

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