Large Scale Lake Planning
Water quality monitoring indicated nutrient levels at or near expected levels for lakes of similar lake type and regional location. Winter monitoring indicated severe dissolved oxygen stress and anoxic nutrient release. A runoff sample indicated very high nutrient levels entering the lake near the boat ramp where severe erosion was also observed. Fecal coliform monitoring indicated little sanitary system influence. Sediment sampling indicated a soft, highly organic sediment layer throughout the lake (thickest in the deepest areas of the lake). Heavy metals analyses indicated significantly higher levels near the inlet compared to an in-lake site but, overall, heavy metal levels were well below tolerance levels. Aquatic plant growth was widespread and dominated by water shield, white and yellow water lily, various pondweeds and filamentous algae. Exotic species (including Purple Loosestrife, Curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasian Watermilfoil and Zebra Mussels) were not observed in Old Taylor Lake throughout 1997. Future management of Old Taylor Lake should include: continued monitoring of the resource, establishment of a sport fishery, reduction of organic sediment, reduction of channelized runoff, and continued public involvement activities.
The Old Taylor Lake Advancement Association proposes to collect and analyze physical, chemical, and biological data about Old Taylor Lake and its watershed. Project activities include an historic data review, water quality monitoring, and an aquatic plant survey. The sponsor will provide the Department of Natural Resources with a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report discussing the project results. Information about the project will be disseminated to the public by newsletter mailing, public meeting, and local newspaper article.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Data analysis, report production
Aquatic Plant Monitoring or Survey