WINONA LAKE — The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams has released its report from a study on county lakes.
“Beneath the Surface” covers research the center conducted on 14 lakes. Those include: Lake Wawasee, Syracuse Lake, Webster Lake, Dewart Lake, Oswego Lake, Lake Tippecanoe, Little Tippy Lake, Big Barbee Lake, Big Chapman Lake, Center Lake, Pike Lake, Winona Lake, Beaver Dam Lake and Yellow Creek Lake.
The study looked at elements such as water clarity and toxins in the lakes.
One of the biggest parts of it is related to blue-green algae, said Lilly Center Public Relations Specialist Abby Logan.
Problems arise when that algae produces toxins. Logan said part of the study included “why blooms occur in one part of a lake but not another.”
The Lilly Center offered regular email updates to people as it was conducting the study. Logan noted that some people altered their behavior as a result of seeing what the study was finding.
“Some people kept their dogs out of the lake (related to the algae),” said Logan.
The Lilly Center also allowed people to send photos of lake conditions. Logan said some people sent them from out of state, just to check if they had were seeing blue-green algae in their own lakes.
“(That) goes to show that our research applies to more than just our county,” said Logan.
To view “Beneath the Surface,” click here.
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