4/21/2018 11:12:00 AM Leech Lake Association Water Quality Review 2017
The Leech Lake Association (LLA) volunteers monitored algae, phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, and clarity in Leech Lake this past May - September. Algae testing is very important now that Leech Lake is in the very early stages of zebra mussel infestation.
Volunteers collected samples and took Secchi disk (water clarity) readings on the main lake north of Stony Point, Agency Bay, Walker Bay and Kabekona Bay. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency volunteers also completed Secchi Disk monitoring in Pump House Bay, Miller Bay, Whipholt and Steamboat Bay.
All of this data is shared with the DNR and MPCA statewide databases to help make decisions that affect Leech Lake. The data going forward the next 5+ years will help the DNR make decisions as we learn the affects of Aquatic Invasive Species on the lake.
The Association has also paid to dredge the Roosevelt Canal 3 times in the last 4 years to assure safe boat travels. Additional dredging will be completed by the end of April this year. This process is expensive and everyone who benefits from the canal is encoraged to donate.
The LLA mission states, "To be good stewards of Leech Lake and its environs, recognizing the vulnerability of the lake, and the need for citizens - both individually and collectively - to assume responsibility for its care."
Many Leech Lake property and business owners are members of the LLA. If you're not a member, please consider supporting your lake. Annual membership fees are $30 for family, $50 for business. Mail a donation and/or join the association. Membership forms can be found at www.leechlakeassociation.com. Mailings to Leech Lake Association, PO Box 1613, Walker, MN 56484.