The Cook County Local Water Management plan outlines a number of goals, objectivesand initiatives to protect and enhance water resources in Cook County. The plan calls forcontinued leadership in the area of water quality monitoring. This project providedfunding to continue this water quality data collection and prioritize water bodies forsampling, provided outreach and education on septic systems, research into possiblestormwater modeling tools, strategies to solve issues related to erosion on county roadsand how to more effectively manage wetlands.
Work CompletedTask 1 – Lake Monitoring
The grant was initiated on September 15, 2006 and included water quality monitoringduring 2007 on the lakes identified above. Dave Stark coordinated the volunteers andoversaw all sampling activities. ERA Laboratories, Inc. was contracted to performlaboratory analyses on lake samples and provided the required bottles. Lake laboratoryanalyses were performed for total and ortho-phosphorous, pheophytin and chlorophyll-a.Samples were obtained utilizing an integrated sampler (0-2 meters) when depthpermitted; otherwise grab samples were taken. A hydro lab multi-meter was used torecord epilimnion and hypolimnion field parameters including temperature, depth, pH,specific conductivity and dissolved oxygen. Sampling occurred at six sites and included:1.
Agnes Lake (Lake ID16-359; 1 site -201)2.
Deeryard Lake (Lake ID 16-0253; 2 sites – 201, 202)3.
Ward (Lake ID 16-248; 1 site - 201)4.
Pike (Lake ID 16-0252; 2 sites – 101, 201)The laboratory analysis data has been transferred to the Minnesota Pollution ControlAgency (MPCA) Environmental Data Access (EDA) database and will be utilized foreducation and outreach at next summer’s lake association training events and meetings.An electronic copy of the results in the MPCA database format is included on theelectronic submittal for this report and a shortcut to this data exists in
Appendix A,Lakes Water Quality Monitoring Results.
Citizen volunteers were contacted and provided training on sampling protocols similar tothe MPCA Citizen Lake Monitoring Plus (CLMP+) program. Information on thisprogram can be found at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/clmp.html Volunteers
provided canoes for sampling activities. The volunteer monitors that participated in lakesampling included:
Kate and Steve Surbaugh (Pike Lake);
John Oberholtzer (Deeryard and Ward Lakes);
Agnes (Tristan Beaster).Monthly sampling occurred from May through September during the 2007 season.Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff attended the Caribou,and Hungry Jack lake association meetings in the summer of 2007. Information on waterquality and steps that landowners could take to improve lake management was shared.