Lake Superior North Watershed Restoration and Protection (WRAPS) Lakes Paleolimnological Investigation

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$62,883
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Science Museum of Minnesota
Recipient Type
For-Profit Business/Entity
Status
In Progress
Start Date
October 2016
End Date
December 2017
Activity Type
Research
Counties Affected
Cook
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$62,883
Number of full time equivalents funded
.37
Project Overview

Concern for Deer Yard and Poplar lakes centers on their current trends of decreasing water transparencies often associated with phosphorus or sediment increases. Although both lakes still meet nutrient goals, trends in Secchi depth may presage emerging issues with the state of the lakes. This has further led to questions whether the productivity of the lakes have changed over time, what the natural or historical condition of the lakes were, what the current trajectory of each lake is, and how to best set management goals. Paleolimnological techniques reconstruct the nutrient and algal history and trends in sedimentation of these two lakes.

The data collected in this project is the foundation for an accurate protection implementation strategy design for the future management of these lakes and timely completion of the Lake Superior North Watershed Restoration And Protection Strategy (WRAPS) to be completed in 2017/2018.

Project Manager
First Name
Karen
Last Name
Evens
Organization Name
MPCA
Street Address
525 S Lake Ave Ste 400
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55802
Phone
(218) 302-6644