Planning, action saved lake from algae

The Monday Dispatch article “Buckeye algae woes” addressed continuing problems with toxic blue-green algae at Buckeye Lake. It mentioned warning signs that have been in place at some or all of the three beaches since June.

Also mentioned were serious algae problems at Grand Lake St. Marys, located in western Ohio, and the western basin of Lake Erie.

Warning signs apparently are in place at those locations, as well.

It is true that there are serious problems with the quality of the water at those three lakes and, to a lesser extent, at other inland lakes.

Ultimate solutions to these problems seem elusive, but can be achieved with planning and control of the effluent running into those lakes.

The water-quality issues did not reach their current degree of severity overnight, and no solution to the problem will happen overnight, either.

It disturbs me that whenever articles are written about toxic blue-green algae, Indian Lake in Logan County is never recognized for not having the toxic-algae issue that has affected those other bodies of water.

Indian Lake’s clean water did not happen by accident.

Businesses, farmers and residents of the Indian Lake region realized the potential for water quality to be a problem and formed two organizations back in the 1980s.

The goal of the new groups was to improve the quality of that water, and to prevent potential problems from happening here.

The Indian Lake Development Corporation and the Indian Lake Watershed Project were created to work with those area businesses, farmers and residents to control runoff going into Indian Lake.

Not only has the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen from agricultural and residential fertilizers been drastically reduced, the amount of sediment and silt running into the lake has been dramatically reduced, as well.

The result has been less turbidity of the lake water and significantly less nitrogen and phosphorus, the pollutants that cause algae to bloom in other lakes.

Those parties of the Indian Lake region should be recognized for their forethought and actions taken to prevent Indian Lake from becoming another “problem.”


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