Large Scale Lake Planning
The study described by this report was initiated by the Deer Lake Improvement Association for the purpose of providing information to water resource managers and citizens regarding the management of Deer Lake. The study resulted in determining that Deer lake is a mesotrophic to slightly eutrophic lake, which experiences degraded water quality in the fall due to internal loads of phosphorus. Hydrologic budgets constructed fiom study data indicate that the lake is strongly influenced by groundwater inflows during d ~ pyer iods and by watershed inflows during wet periods (such as in 1994). The lake is at a trophic level where it is very sensitive to even slight increases in nutrient loads. The sources of nutrients which represent the greatest potential for degrading Deer Lake's water quality are the Lake's urban and agricultural watersheds. Water quality monitoring conducted on the stormwater and snowmelt runoff indicates that some tributaries are experiencing degraded water quality, likely due to agricultural sources. Management recommendations include participation in the Priority Watershed Project and additional lake planning grant studies to assist the Priority Watershed Management Team. These efforts should focus on better quantifying and subsequently reducing the nutrient loadings from Watershed 1 as well as providing erosion protection andlor stabilization of Deer Lake's tributary streambanks.
Develop hydraulic and nutrient budgets for the lake. Define nutrient export rates for the five small tributary watersheds. Determine in-lake water quality conditions during the winter and spring. Information will be disseminated to the public bynewsletter, local newspaper articles, public meetings, summary report mailing, and the final report. Project results will be reposited at Barr, Land Conservation Office, WDNR offices, and local library.
Issue News/Media Release
Distributed information on Lake Planning Grant via. Media
Hydrologic Budget Development
Nutrient Budget Development
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment