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SPIRIT RESERVOIR ASSOCIATION: Spirit Reservoir Water Quality Assessment, Phase III

The Spirit Reservoir Association will sponsor Phase III of the Water Quality Assessment Project in cooperation with UWSP (Nancy Turyk and students). Phase III includes a macrophyte survey, algal assessment and development of a final report and presentation. The macrophyte survey of Spirit Reservoir will be conducted using the WI-DNR point-intercept method to determine species present, distribution, and invasive species presence/absence. A phytoplankton assessment will be performed by taking volumetric samples and plankton tows at the mid-lake chemistry point and the "hot spot" of nuisance algae blooms and periphyton scrapes and grab samples near the boat landing and at the "hot spot." All algal samples will be collected seven times during the growing season (spring turnover, fall turnover and five evenly spaced times in between). In lab algal analysis will result in a taxonomic list of all species per site and date, as well as dominant species per sample. The results of the macrophyte and phytoplankton surveys will be compiled with data collected during phases I and II to produce a final report describing the water quality and physical characteristics of Spirit Reservoir, a water and nutrient budget, interpretation of the data, and management recommendations. The final Spirit Reservoir Report will be disseminated to the appropriate management units, local libraries and will be presented at a citizen-oriented meeting. Products: 1. Collect, map and analyze macrophyte survey data. 2. Sets of voucher specimens from the macrophyte survey given to the DNR/Herbarium and Spirit Reservoir Association. 3. Collect and analyze algal samples. 4. Complete final reports - Written and electronic disseminated to DNR, Lincoln County, WVIC and local libraries. 5. Present final results at local meeting hosted by Spirit Reservoir Association.

Project Type LAKE_GRANT - Large Scale Lake Planning
Project ID LPL-1004-05
Year Started 2005


  • Informational Meetings
  • Lakes Planning Grant
  • Aquatic Plant Monitoring or Survey
  • Information and Education
  • Project Deliverable

Final Report and Products

People/Organizations Involved

  • Spirit Reservoir Association