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Lakes Programs Kelly McLain Water Quality Program September 15, 2005 Overview My background Reason for this presentation Ecology’s lake-related programs Some county lake programs Where to start to develop a lakes program Ecology’s Role in Lakes Lake Monitoring

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lakes programs

Lakes Programs

Kelly McLain

Water Quality Program

September 15, 2005

overview
Overview
  • My background
  • Reason for this presentation
  • Ecology’s lake-related programs
  • Some county lake programs
  • Where to start to develop a lakes program
ecology s role in lakes
Ecology’s Role in Lakes
  • Lake Monitoring
    • Program existed from 1989-1999; no more funding
    • During that 10 year period, data was collected by more than 250 volunteers on 180 lakes statewide
    • Great database of lake monitoring information, and a list of volunteers from all over the state
ecology s role in lakes4
Ecology’s Role in Lakes
  • Freshwater Aquatic Weed Program
    • Program established in 1991 by our state legislature
    • A three-pronged approach: technical assistance, education, and financial assistance
    • Primarily focused on non-native, invasive plants
    • Funding for plan development, implementation (i.e. plant control)
aquatic weeds program cont
Aquatic Weeds Program cont.
  • Aquatic Plant Surveying
    • Data collected since 1991
    • Over 400 lakes have been surveyed
  • Extensive website and database
  • Specific focused research projects (published in peer-reviewed journals)
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Ecology’s Role in Lakes
  • Algae Program
    • Funding acquired during the 2005 legislative session-$1 increase per boater licensing fee (total increase-$5)
    • Program is being developed, and may encompass grants, technical assistance, education, and monitoring
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Ecology’s Role in Lakes
  • Aquatic Pesticide Permit Program
    • Two permits available for in-lake plant and/or algae control
    • Noxious Weed Control NPDES General Permit
      • Coverage for control or eradication of non-native, invasive plants (submersed, floating-leaved, emergent)
      • Coverage issued to government entities only (new in 2005)
      • Technical assistance provided by Kathy Hamel, our state aquatic plant specialist
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Ecology’s Role in Lakes
  • Aquatic Pesticide Permit Program cont.
    • Nuisance Weed and Algae Control NPDES General Permit
      • Control of native plants impacting beneficial uses (primarily aesthetics and recreation) and algae control
      • Coverage issued to the pesticide applicator and the lake “group” hiring them for their services (only under this permit, changing in 2006)
overview of washington lake programs
Overview of Washington Lake Programs
  • The next slides highlight three county lake programs: King, Thurston, and Snohomish
  • There are many other cities, counties, and county weed boards active in lake projects throughout the state
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Overview of Washington Lake Programs
  • King County
    • Two separate entities: Major Lake Monitoring Program and Lake Stewardship Program
    • Major Lake Monitoring Program
      • Water Quality Monitoring Stations throughout Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Lake Sammamish
      • Historical and up-to-date information on the overall health of these three major lakes
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Overview of Washington Lake Programs
  • King County Lake Stewardship Program
    • Volunteer lake monitoring program
    • Used to publish The Lake Steward, a quarterly newsletter (1994-2004)
    • Fact Sheets
    • Technical Assistance
    • Annual lake monitoring reports
    • Hydrilla eradication and alum treatments
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Overview of Washington Lake Programs
  • Thurston County
    • Specifically works with two LMD’s
    • Long Lake and Lake Lawrence LMD’s
    • Demonstrations on manual methods, how to build a bottom barrier, etc.
    • Lead entity if the LMD were to want to obtain permit coverage for chemical control
    • Lake monitoring throughout the county
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Overview of Washington Lake Programs
  • Snohomish County
    • Water quality monitoring
    • Conducts lake restoration studies
    • Either is the lead for controlling invasive plants or provides government support to the project
    • Public education
    • Technical assistance
    • Volunteer monitoring program
where to start
Where to start?
  • A good new program would build on resources already available from existing county and state programs, and use these to:
      • Develop a website with links to useful information
      • Start a volunteer monitoring program with local

lakes

      • Coordinate efforts with Ecology to provide support

to lakes applying for permits or grants

      • ?????
  • This would necessitate at least 0.5 FTE