Large Scale Lake Planning
The lake has become extremely popular with the public in the past 10 years and use has quadrupled during this period for swimming, scuba diving and fishing. As use increases, so does the potential for adding additional nutrients to the lake. Many roads at the park are gravel and there is concern that the increased at the park is contributing to sediment loading in the lake.
These factors constitute the primary need for an in-depth water quality monitoring program to assess the public's use of the lake and the effects that the combined uses may have on nutrient loading within the watershed.
A data summary will be submitted by the USGS to Jackson County upon completion of monitoring.
The lake map will be incorporated into the dive-map handout and will be available to all those entering the park. Information will be shared with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors; results will show what impact the protective measures have had on the lake. Information that may be useful to the general public will be shared on the County web site.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment