Algae Management Plan Development
In July 2018, Whidbey Island Conservation District received grant funding from the WA Department of Ecology's Freshwater Algae Program to develop an Algae Management Plan for Lone Lake. The overall goal of this project is to produce a management plan focused on reducing nutrient loading to Lone Lake, allowing restoration of native aquatic vegetation and fish habitat, and improving water quality to restore and enhance recreational uses of the lake. The plan will provide a strategy to reduce the frequency and duration of toxigenic algae blooms in Lone Lake and prevent fish kills associated with dissolved oxygen depletion caused by algae bloom decomposition following a population crash. The project will involve multiple stakeholders in sampling and evaluation of nutrient loading reduction alternatives in order to set the stage for plan implementation, which will require an informed and engaged community to carry out lake management actions.
Project Kickoff Meeting
On August 23, 2018, WICD hosted a public meeting at the Deer Lagoon Grange Hall to introduce the Lone Lake Algae Management Project. We had great attendance with about 25 people showing up to learn about the current grant-funded project, provide input, and ask questions. To view/download a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation given at the meeting, click HERE.
For more information about this project, please contact Matt Zupich, Project Manager
matt(at)whidbeycd.org or 360-678-4708