Water Quality

Lake Water Quality

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Lakes can be classified into three broad categories based on their productivity or ability to support plant and animal life. The three basic lake classifications are “oligotrophic,” “mesotrophic,” and “eutrophic.”

Oligotrophic lakes are generally deep and clear… Read more

Lake Lingo: Cutting Through the Jargon

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Drain and water resources commissioners often deal with lakes and lake issues. Be it a statutory lake board, a legal lake level, a drain project or general discourse with a constituent, lakes are often a topic of discussion. This article provides background information on some of the technical language used to describe lakes and lake processes. Hopefully, this information will provide a better understanding of lakes, lake water quality, and some basic lake jargon.

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Lake Water Quality: Are We Winning the War?

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With this being the 50-year commemorative issue of The Michigan Riparian, it seems like a good time to ask the question, “Are we winning the war to preserve the quality of our lakes?” While this is a reasonable question, it is difficult to answer... Read more