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Lakewood students study water quality

BUCKEYE LAKE – Lakewood High School students in Lindsey Fawcett’s Advanced Placement Biology class and in Candace Haudenschild’s AP Chemistry class toured Buckeye Lake on pontoon boats last month.

Tour guides Lois Holler and Sharon Spahr explained Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow’s efforts to improve water quality to minimize outbreaks of harmful algal blooms and to reduce e. coli contamination. Students saw evidence of the lake’s geologic and man-made origins and Cranberry Bog’s deterioration. The guides pointed out the area of the historic Buckeye Lake Park, areas of recent residential development, and the construction of the new dam.

Pontoon boat captains were Matt Baumann and John Hoermle. One pontoon boat was provided by the Buckeye Lake Marina. Photo shows Lindsey Fawcett and students on their lake tour.

The students’ on-the-water field trip followed an earlier inclass presentation by Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow’s education outreach coordinator Sharon Spahr. Her presentation included an in-depth discussion about Buckeye Lake’s eutrophic condition and efforts to remediate water quality in the lake.

During the lake tour, Fawcett collected water samples from several sites around the lake. Students later tested the samples in their classroom lab.

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