Large Scale Lake Planning
Halsey Lake is the largest lake in Florence County and provides numerous recreation opportunities for a wide spectrum of users. This management plan provides a multi-faceted approach to address issues and recommend management options based on best fit, cost, feasibility, and desires constructed from direct input from the lake user survey questions. Many management options are evaluated and, while there is not one silver bullet, it is likely a combination of techniques over a period of several years that will begin to yield positive results. The basic plan is based on exploration of new aquatic plant management techniques with expanded actions for protection of the Lake from AIS, water quality maintenance, and a stabilization of water levels. Some of these actions potentially include aeration system installation, addressing point and non-point source nutrient loading, protection of ecologically sensitive areas, and AIS and boat landing monitoring. It would be recommended the group start small with a specific project component or area of the lake to gain early and immediate success and build off of that for future projects.
The approval letter for the Halsey Lake Assocation to be an eligible organization for the surface water grants program.
The Halsey Lake Association is sponsoring a project to complete a comprehensive Lake Management (CLM) Plan with the following goals: 1) Determine lake plant community diversity; 2) Monitor and prevent AIS spread into Halsey Lk; 3) Maintain and improve recreational opportunities; 4) Help the County achieve County Land and Water Resource plan objectives; 5) Define watershed and nutrient loading issues internal and external; 6) Identify factors that can reduce lake nutrient loading; 7) Produce ground and surface water mass balance equation by collecting inflow/outflow data; 8) Identify, protect, designate and improve critical fish and wildlife habitat sensitive areas; 9) Evaluate water quality and seasonal water level variations, address concerns/solutions; 10) Educate lake users and association members on AIS.