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 »

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 »

Insights from Maine

Insights from Maine

Insights from Maine How we treat our lake shores has a huge impact on lake water quality. Folks in Maine realized this long ago and some decades ago established a set of shoreland protection standards.  Several years ago people wondered if the standards were effective in protecting lakes. A comprehensive recent study established that the … Read More »

Outfoxing Zebra Mussels

Outfoxing Zebra Mussels

Outfoxing Zebra Mussels A simple way to help protect your lake. The reality is that once an aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels establishes itself in a lake, it is essentially impossible to remove the invader.  Our only hope is to detect their presence very early, before these creatures grow into significant numbers. Last Friday … Read More »

Watersheds 101

Watersheds 101

Watersheds 101 I have spoken to 69 groups and organizations about lakes.  I first like to get a sense of my audience’s knowledge base, so I typically start by asking, “How many of you live on a watershed?”  If the group is a lake association, nearly all blurt out the answer, “We all do!”  Other … Read More »

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