Big Star Lake Association
Water Quality Sampling Summer 2014
The Big Star Lake Association has joined with the Michigan Clean Water Corps by partcipating in their “Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP)”. This program is supported by the Michigan DEQ. BSLA rejoined this program in 2013 by sending a board member to the Michigan Lakes & Streams Convention to obtain training in how to carry out the various types of water sampling and parameter measurement.
Attending the training in 2013, measuring water transparency (turbidity) throughout the summer and doing a fall sampling for fall Phosphorous in 2013 qualified our association and board volunteer for participation in a larger program in 2014.
The 2014 program included attending the MLS7A conference in May, regularly measuring transparency, taking both spring and fall Phosphorous samples, taking multiple Chlorophyll a samples, and regularly measuring dissolved Oxygen. Samples taken the determination of Chlorophyll a and Phosphorous were brought into the DEQ office and Cadillac, MI for transfer to the DEQ in Lansing. The results of these findings will be posted on the MiCorp’s website. the measurement of tranparency and dissolved Oxygen were directly loaded onto the MiCorp’s website. All of the results of this testing and sampling will be available online and will be published in a printed report that the BSLA board will receive.
The testing that was done included:
Phosphorous sampling – 2 times (early spring and fall)
Chlorophyll a – 4 times
Transparency – 10 times
Dissolved Oxygen – 9 times
The principal purpose for regular and consistent test of the lake water is to recognize changes in important parameters of the lake chemistry and clarity that might allow early corrective action to a problem in the lake. Now that the program is fully functional it should be continued annually so that normal lake conditions can be documented and abnormal situations identified.
Information about this program can be obtained from the MiCorp’s website and from the Michigan Lake & Stream Association’s website. Click on the buttons below.
Report submitted by:
September 25, 2014