This year's analytical work will build on the research done in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and will continue to determine of the year to year trends in phosphorous concentrations throughout the lake. We will also gain important information on the relative sources of phosphorous including contributions from sediments. Of particular interest is the monitoring of White Lake for changes in chemistry and water clarity resulting from the presence of zebra mussels. The significant effects of zebra mussels were first noted in 2016 and it is expected that changes will continue to occur for the next several years. To read the detailed reports on the 2015 and 2016 data, please visit our website at www.WLPP.ca. The reports can be accessed from the home page.
At least one new
initiative will be added to our program this year involving a collaboration with Professor Vermaire from
Also, we will be taking accurate depth measurements at shallow water sites to monitor lake levels throughout the ice-free season. As part of our 'algae-watch' initiative, we will be looking for algal blooms and the presence of significant blue-green algae populations in the lake which could result in high concentrations of toxins in lake water, which is an important public health issue.