Lake Problems

It's a System-Wide Failure

  • Denial

    Lakes are in Crisis: Wake Up

    Lakes have become dumping grounds. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. It’s a failure to comprehend the crisis of freshwater lakes world-wide. Here are the facts. 48% of all North American lakes are classified as eutrophic; 54% of lakes in Asia; 53% of European …

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    Nutrient Overloading

    Excess weeds and algal blooms are symptoms of a much deeper problem – Nutrient Overloading Lakes Deteriorate in Stages. Phosphates, nitrates, and other pollutants enter the lake from the watershed and essentially “fertilize the lake.” This is called external nutrient overloading. The fertilizers we use to …

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  • Willow Lake


    Got Excess Weeds? Excess weeds are a warning sign that a lake is in trouble. They’re symptoms of a much deeper problem – nutrient overloading. Excess weed growth indicates that 3 destructive things are happening in the lake: Phosphates, nitrates and other pollutants are externally …

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  • Indian Lake Algae Weeds


    Your Lake’s Only Hope is Dissolved Oxygen & Aerobic Bacteria We don’t take this statement lightly. Without these 2 fundamental building blocks of the ecosystem restored…the lake will never recover from the destructive cycle of nutrient overloading, weed growth, algal blooms, and muck accumulation. When …

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  • IMG 5556 Sewage


    Got Muck? If your lake has excess weed growth and harmful algal blooms…you got muck. Muck is the real nutrient monster that keeps lakes in a eutrophic grip. Years and years (probably decades) of decaying organic matter have settled on the bottom of the lake, becoming a never ending resource …

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  • Swim Advisory Steveston July 25 07 L

    Beach Closed

    No Swimming! “The lake at Cowans Gap State Park has been closed to all activities in response to the recently reported cases of E. coli infections. “This decision was made after six positive cases and three additional probable cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 were identified …

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    Fish Kills

    A fish kill is a Serious Warning. It means your lake is in dire straights. A thriving fish population – which took decades to develop – can literally disappear overnight. It will take years to rebuild. If the cause is not addressed, it’ll happen again…and again. …

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  • Zebra Mussels USFWS

    Invasive Mussels

    Attack of the Mussels North American freshwater lakes and rivers are under attack from two tiny invasive terrorists: Zebra and Quagga mussels. Introduced to North American waters in 1986 through discharged ballast water from transoceanic ships originating in the Caspian and Black Seas of Eurasia, their proliferation and subsequent environmental …

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