Why did we did order a survey?
The members of the Clearwater Lake Association have observed a loss in native vegetation in our lakes. This is very concerning to many, because a healthy lake and a healthy fish population rely on the native vegetation.
Association Members and the Board want to know, "Why are we loosing the GOOD weeds?" Could our practices be causing this loss. After all we have been working to contain the Eurasian Milfoil following DNR approved treatments for the last 5 years. In our efforts to save the lake from an aggressive invasive, could we be hurting it instead? And if it NOT the milfoil treatment the what is the cause and what can we do?
All the experts assure us that they have not seen Eurasian Milfoil treatment kill off native vegetation. Every lake is different, and the Eco systems is complex so . . . could be a connection?
So who are the experts we consulted with?
If there is not a direct connection to the treatment, where do we go from here? We needed to KNOW more. The best place to start is to understand our native vegetation that we do have. We also wanted a baseline that we could re-test to see just what is happening to our lake
We did an Aquatic plant survey.
What is and How do you do a survey?
WE ARE A VERY HEALTHY LAKE!
That was great to hear. However, it does not explain why we were healthier last year or the year before from a "good" weed point of view. But is is GOOD NEWS. See the full report in Reports / Lake Vegetation . A breakdown of the report will be coming soon.