2008-08-02 / Front Page

Time for a Check Up

Ohio EPA starts new Inland Lakes Program
Photos & Story by Charles Prince

BUCKEYE LAKE - Buckeye Lake is one of eight inland lakes selected for Ohio EPA's new Inland Lakes Program. A previous Ohio EPA program sampled Buckeye Lake more than a dozen times between 1973 and 1994.

Each lake will be sampled 10 times this year. Water and sediment will be tested for bacteria, metals, chemicals, zooplanton, phytoplankton and more. Samples are being taken from the deepest part of the lake, just south of Cranberry Bog. The water is about 14 feet deep there.

Ohio EPA scientists use GPS coordinates to ensure that each the samples are coming from the same area.

This year's results will be used to establish a baseline. All eight lakes will be samples five times a year in 2009 and 2010.

The data will be used to assess each lake's health and to identify causes and sources of impairment. The process includes recommended actions for improvement.

Buckeye Lake is likely to be algae impaired. Scientists use a Seechi disk to measure light penetration through the water column. The lake's shallow depth and historically high nutrient input from the Buckeye Lake basin are responsible.

These photos were taken during a July 10 sampling event, the sixth of the 10 sample baseline being collected this year. Sampling should be complete by the end of September.

Ohio EPA is not releasing individual sample results, but will provide composite results when the baseline is completed.

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